At Luna we see sustainable building as a necessity and have already incorporated certain parts USGBC and Leeds Rating systems guidelines into our daily practice. We view these guidelines a challenging puzzle, and not as a game of right and wrong.

Green Building in NYC
What does sustainability mean in New York City?
Easy Ways to Go Green
Saving energy and improving indoor environmental quality.
On Materials and Processes
Greening the construction and finishing process.

I contracted Luna to re-do my kitchen cabinet doors and frames. Greg's suggestions (regarding refinishing, paint color and hardware) were helpful; the work was done neatly and on time, and the results excellent. There were no surprises price-wise - everything was done on budget.

Michael W, New York City

Green Building in NYC

What does sustainability mean in New York City?

At the construction phase the design and planning areas of focus do not apply to us. And in New York we don't have the same guidelines as somebody in Arizona. We operate under USGBC and Leeds guidelines when it come to building. And when involved in interior projects, we focus on three of the seven areas of the Leeds retaking system.

  1. Energy and Atmosphere

    1. With lighting making up an average of 33% of your energy bill, we encourage the use of compact florescent lamps when necessary. We also encourage setting up your electrical system to switch off unnecessary transformers during the day or evening.

  2. Materials and recourses

    1. We've paid close attention to manage our material ordering so that we can minimize unnecessary waste. This is the first step in sustainable materials handling.

    2. Luna uses a Leeds approved waste company for all of its debris. This means that over 75% of our garbage is recycled and less than 25% ends up in a landfill.

    3. We also recycle materials at the job site level as much as possible. Metal is easily recyclable through licensed scrap companies. Usable appliances and furnishings are donated to appropriate organizations or listed as free items on local web bulletin boards.

  3. Indoor environmental Quality

    1. We offer the option to purchase Low VOC paints, building materials, adhesives and glues. This helps to minimize toxic off-gassing and improves indoor air quality.

    2. Insulation is very important in controlling air quality, noise pollution, and heat loss. Luna uses soy spray foam without VOC's, urea, or ozone-depleting CFS's and HCFC's