Gallery: INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Riz...

At Inhabitat, we love shiny new green buildings just as much as the next guy, but we're also firm believers that you don't always have to start completely from scratch to achieve optimal energy efficiency. In fact, the opposite is often true - and we recently had the privilege to speak with someone who knows quite a bit about that: co-founder of CodeGreen Solutions, Stephen Rizzo. Unlike many other companies, CodeGreen specializes in retrofitting and greening existing buildings, which - if you think about the saved construction costs and energy compared to building a completely new structure - makes a lot of sense. Read on for our full interview with Stephen, where he shares his thoughts on the future of green buildings and how his company has already managed the LEED certification of over 14 million square feet nation wide - including CodeGreen's own LEED-CI headquarters in NYC!

CodeGreen’s own LEED Platinum office space in NYC

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does?

Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and efficiency to existing buildings. We essentially review a building’s goals and figure out the best way to implement them. For some owners its lighting upgrades, others its photovoltaic, i.e. solar panels. Whatever the goal is, CodeGreen’s experience is in allowing an existing building to achieve that goal. There is a misconception that only new designed buildings can be efficient.

INHABITAT:CodeGreen is often considered a pioneer in the LEED Existing Buildings game in NYC. What prompted you to focus on that area when so many others were still fixated on new buildings?

Stephen: New buildings get the headlines. But, the numbers speak for themselves. Buildings dominate NYC’s carbon footprint. Approximately 75% of NYC’s carbon emissions stem from energy used in buildings and today’s existing buildings will make up 85% of all real estate in 2030. You’re talking of tens of thousands of buildings that have never had basic energy audits or “tune ups”. The payback on improving these buildings is typically 2 to 3 years. Besides that, I think everyone at CodeGreen is a bit contrarian! You tell us there’s no solution to something or it’s too tough to modify an existing building, and we’ll work and work to prove the naysayers wrong.


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1 Comment

  1. nicolapiro October 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Proseguire su questa via tenendo un occhio alla città.

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