Clinton hill is located borough’s north-central portion. Borough is in Brooklyn in Newyork city. The neighborhood has since its inception in the 1840’s been inhabited by very wealthy people. The neighborhood had millionaire’s mansions lined in its streets of which most have survived since they were built in the 1880s. It has also one of the largest row houses. Clinton hill is also arts community due to the presence of Pratt Institute.
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a rating system that guides the design and construction of both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings. It is an initiative for constructing cost efficient and energy saving buildings which are environmental friendly.
Clinton hill is donned with brownstone blocks which are cost efficient building materials. The buildings here are quite suave and of late the retail vacancy rate has dropped from 20 percent to about 8 percent. The buildings here are built in energy saving architectural designs where they maximize the use of natural light instead of electricity thus saving a lot of energy
Clinton hill can be rated highly in terms of the USGBC criteria of evaluation. Old buildings which were built with very cost effective brownstone blocks can be easily renovated or demolished without dire consequences on human health. The buildings met the needs of the existing generation at that time, but still meet the needs of the current generation.
The upcoming buildings are designed in such a way that they can use both active and passive solar energy, consume less space thus giving room for plantation and have green roofing systems. Examples of such buildings include the five – story glass condominium building at Steuben Street and six storeys Azure building.
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