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New York's Green Botanical Centers

Ariella Brown, Tech Journalist
Monday, July 7, 2014 11:52 EDT

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Ariella
Ariella  
7/30/2014 10:26:17 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Light
@CitySolver that's exactly the purpose of those buildings -- to demonstrate what can be done.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/30/2014 9:20:28 AM
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Light
Love this article. It shows that you can have a green roof ans still have a light and airy building. People often think green roof must mean cave and infact this is what can be achieved with intelligent fritted glazing and green roof, as mentioned in the article.

Ariella
Ariella  
7/14/2014 3:50:52 PM
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Re: Botanical Centers
@Kim another garden update: the New York Botanical Garden (located in the Bronx) was not mentioned because it does not yet boast any green buildings. However, it now has a $27 million project underway that is to include the following:
  • A year-round classroom building to house the garden's Edible Academy, a series of horticultural programs that teach people how to grow and prepare healthy foods. The building's "green roof" that collects stormwater runoff and provides added insulation, reducing its energy consumption.
  • Two pavilions, including one that will be powered by solar panels on its roof and provide a shaded space for school lunches, special programs and classes.
  • "Composting restrooms" throughout the facility, which will utilize the waste and will not contribute to septic or wastewater sewage systems.
  • A redesign of the East Entrance — the only pedestrian access into the Garden — including a winding path and a pedestrian bridge over the valley to the Edible Academy.
  • Creation of a new green materials recycling center.


Ariella
Ariella  
7/14/2014 3:37:44 PM
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Re: Botanical Centers
@Davedgreat2000 yes, the reclaimed water is not used for drinking and is not even put through the sink taps. 

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/14/2014 9:39:23 AM
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Re: Botanical Centers
I believe they have differnt pipping systems for potable drinking water and Reclaimed water. They only water the parks and other public lands with Reclaimed water. They have signs saying dont drink the water its reclaimed water.

Ariella
Ariella  
7/14/2014 9:01:16 AM
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Re: Is it BREEAM?
@Toby yes, I remember at least one of those summers. That was very clever thinking on your part.  In countries where water is scarce, water reuse is a part of life, but over here it still seems like a novel idea. 

Ariella
Ariella  
7/14/2014 8:59:12 AM
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Re: Botanical Centers
@Resurgent Pheonix the reclaimed water used appears to be within the garden's own closed system. When the new center went up, the plumbing were set up to enable the water to be captured for filtering and reuse. But it doesn't seem to extend to other city water. 

Ariella
Ariella  
7/14/2014 8:54:31 AM
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Re: Is it BREEAM?
LOL @Resurgent Pheonix Once when I was pulling up weeds in front of house, my neighbor said, "That's back-breaking work. Do you want the number of my gardener?" I don't think most gardeners would pull weeds up that way. They would just spray them.

Toby
Toby  
7/14/2014 4:48:28 AM
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Re: Is it BREEAM?
@Ariella: When I lived in NJ there were often summers with drought conditions that precluded watering the garden with town supplies. So I hooked up a couple of storage tanks to the air-handler for the household AC system and captured the condensate which would normally be wasted. I used the captured condensate to keep my veg patch growing and it worked well. I wonder what the neighbours thought.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/13/2014 10:28:41 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Botanical Centers
I like the use of reclaimed water for city use. Did they modify or replace existing infrastructure to do that?

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