Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Riverfront Development Study

May 12, 2014


design: S Behar and M Lau

Jack’s Landing

December 12, 2013


Proper Gen-set Siting for Residential Applications

November 14, 2013


The question has come up from several people regarding proper generator siting. It is a complex issue and there are no standard answers. All I can provide here is my own protocol, with an illustration from our house in the mountains.

The reader should primarily consult a licensed professional in her jurisdiction who will consider zoning regulations, local regulations regarding gen-sets, NFPA, NYS Building Code, NEC, and the manufacturer’s literature. This long list is not a cop-out, this is actually what a professional will do for you.

My own philosophy which is layered and additive to the above list of regs is based on the premise: accidents happen, be prepared.

1. A generator is an internal combustion engine. When these run on diesel it is one thing, but when they run on gas or propane, it is quite another. So assume at some point in life that engine will explode. Keep people and the spaces in which they live as far away as possible from that future explosion. You only have to read the recent press on accidents involving propane in Florida.

2. A generator is an internal combustion engine. When these run on any fuel, diesel, gas, or propane, the combustion gives off carbon monoxide. Need I say anything further on this subject? Rule 2., CO kills, keep people away.

3. A generator is an internal combustion engine. When these run, they make noise. Generac makes fine generators, and they train their installers remarkably well. Any one who is not certified by Generac should not be touching their generators. However, these babies are popular because the encasement is paper thin (read: cheap), both the alum. and the steel are. So if you don’t like noise, look at Kohler. This week Cummins announced a gen-set line for residential uses. Look at those too, Cummins is best of class when it comes to anything with gas motors.

Now back to the photo. Notice the object on the plateau on the right of the photo. That is my generator. It is a mere 8 kW. It rocks, but it is loud as a big lawn mower. No problem. Look how far away it is kept from the house garage.

The object center of photo just right of the Sube is the ATS. More on those if we have time next week.

Life is hazardous enough, why not control the little of it that we can.

Exterior Cladding Progress

October 28, 2013

dormers with recladsoffit recladstep flashingdeck looking eastpatio doors in place

Maimonides Room

October 22, 2013


Asphaltic Roofing Stripped

October 2, 2013


Patio Doors Removed

October 1, 2013


Renovation of Exterior Systems

August 23, 2013


Passive Solar Design

November 19, 2010

_wsb_500x297_C2+Helios+Section+-+WEBPassive solar design refers to the use of the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. In this approach, the building itself or some element of it takes advantage of natural energy characteristics in materials and air created by exposure to the sun.