Archive for June, 2011


June 30, 2011

Sketches: Salvador Behar Architects


June 14, 2011

Axonometric sketch: Salvador Behar Architects

Energy Links

June 13, 2011

* Silicon valley venture capitalist V. Khosla’s renewable energy investment portfolio is diagrammed above.

* North America has a 200-year supply of natural gas at current usage and the best pipelines in the world. Yet last month the US imported $41,000,000,000. of oil. Our natural gas resource needs to be developed as a transportation fuel. Write your congressman to request support for the NAT GAS bill.

* If you are a single-family (1-4 unit) Con Edison customer converting from oil to natural gas and use a New York State licensed contractor to install high-efficiency gas heating equipment, you may be eligible to receive both a $2,000 conversion rebate and an equipment rebate of up to $1,000.

ASHRAE 90.1 2007

June 9, 2011

* Training slide show for 90.1, with Zone 5 conditions for exterior skin cited.

Manhattan RE Prices During the Roaring Twenties

June 5, 2011


Using new data on market-based transactions, researchers from Harvard University and U C Davis construct real estate price indexes for Manhattan between 1920 and 1939. During the 1920s prices reached their highest level in the third quarter of 1929 before falling by 67 percent at the end of 1932 and hovering around that value for most of the Great Depression. The value of high-end properties strongly co-moved with the stock market between 1929 and 1932. A typical property bought in 1920 would have retained only 56 percent of its initial value in nominal terms and 77 percent in 1920 dollars two decades later. An investment in the stock market index (including dividends) would have outperformed an investment in a typical property (including net rental income), by a factor of 5.2 over this time period.

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June 3, 2011

We participate in a NYSEG rebate program for our clients. According to an email received today, NYSEG has revised the program as follows:

100kw Restriction Removed From The NYSEG and RG&E Commercial & Industrial Custom Rebate Program.
The NYSEG and RG&E Commercial & Industrial Custom Electric Rebate Program is now open to all non-residential customers. The New York State Public Service Commission approved the removal of the 100kw demand threshold. “Our approval of changes to customer eligibility requirements will enable more commercial and industrial customer to participate in energy efficiency programs which will directly help them reduce monthly utility bills” said Commission Chairman Garry Brown.
About the Custom Program:
Generally, measures with a total resource cost of at least 1.0 qualify for a Custom Rebate.
The Custom Rebate will pay the lesser of either 1) a simple two year payback or 2) 50% of the incremental cost between standard and the energy efficient equipment.  
Pre-approval is required for all custom applications.
Before beginning a custom application, please contact us.


June 2, 2011

* Silicon is key to quest for $5. LED lamp.

* Smart grid investment has payback.

* On embracing risk.