Building Better in USA, India and Globally, with Inspiration from Chef Dan Barber

Talo – Green Passive Architect – since 1984 Tapani A. Talo, AIA Building Better in USA, India and Globally, with Inspiration from Chef Dan Barber The Third Plate, Chef Dan Barber’s book on how to create new, better food systems, has a fairly simple premise for good food. To summarize, food should be grown in… Read more »

Why Should Solar PV Be the Last to Be Installed?

Solar PV Should Not Be Installed Until…. If one was to add up the usual culprits for an energy bill, it’s always best to start with the worst, largest abusers? Not just the largest, but also with ones that bring real comfort and safety home? We certainly spend more time under our roof than in… Read more »

Diminishing Resources and the Role of the Architect in Society

Tapani Talo Architect est. 1984 Tapani A. Talo, AIA Principal Architect and Artist   To: The United States of America Re: Trillion a year wasted energy alone since 1977 original speech by Jimmy Carter Architect’s 50th year Trillion-dollar ‘Moral Equivalent of War Speech – 2014 version!   A short background and reason for this speech. As… Read more »

An Architect’s Profession: Career and Value to Society

WE admire beauty, to the extent that we admire even F.L. Wright, whose buildings often reached 10 or 20 times their original budget. We architects working today cannot even add 7% to the building budget that would make it totally passive, green and over a lifetime produce enormous savings and comfort to the owners. What’s… Read more »

Shale = Shame

As New York City’s premier green architectural firm, we are very concerned about energy use in the country. In order to save our children and planet, we must undergo a 90% improvement in energy use. That way, we would save 5.4 trillion a year with CURRENT energy prices in US spending. However, because of shale… Read more »

Reimagining America’s Buildings Starts at the University Level

As one of the premier zero energy architectural firms in the country, we know a thing or two about good long-term buildings at NY Super Studio Architects. Unfortunately, most of the country doesn’t follow this mindset and it all starts with the Universities in this country. MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other universities – as… Read more »

DOE, Energy Waste, Taxes and Average American Pocket Book – Now and In Long Term

50 years ago John F. Kennedy said: Don’t think what government can do to you, but what you can do for your country – to save our children’s future. This kind of thinking fuels green architecture and planning, especially in and around New York City. NY Super Studio Architects lives by such a philosophy. If… Read more »

Toll Brothers and Trump vs. Greener USA as a Nation

Toll Brothers housing and Trump Towers are synonymous in US of ‘quality, power and prestige’. But neither have energy savings to talk about. Because it does not translate to IMMEDIATE income for them. The energy losses and costs are passed on to the purchaser, so why bother to go and help them or USA as… Read more »

US Energy savings bill – architect’s re wording of first paragraph

Energy Savings bill First paragraph: The secretary shall support the development of national model building energy codes, including the updating of ASRAE and IECC model building energy codes and standards. An example: A couple came to me for help. They had their house designed and foundations poured, but realized that it had very little insulation…. Read more »

Ideal Green building pre-requisite

Ideal Green Building is possible ONLY if CODE insists on ONE EXTRA FOOT for wall thickness past zoning envelope:, and excluded from rentable or buildable foot print’ as long as wall thickness reduces usable area for tenants, no sensible building can be built in USA. Ideal Green Building, whether it’s high, middle, low rise or… Read more »