05/21/2012: Recently Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED taught a class in sustainable design at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Rockland County Office. Michael Shilale believes integrating high-performance design and technology can deliver incredible results at little or no cost. Titled “Sustainable Housing and Building Green, What Agents Should Know,” agents explored sustainable strategies that save energy, reduce carbon emissions, and improve the relationship between our built and natural environment.
Michael Shilale described why existing buildings are prime opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and energy use. Buildings produce almost half of the carbon dioxide emitted in the US each year. They consume 75% of the electricity generated. The good news is they can do better - a lot better. LEED-certified buildings use 24%-50% less energy, produce 33%-39% less carbon dioxide, consume 40% less water, and recycle or reuse 50%-70% of their solid waste.
Agents also learned how to assist consumers by understanding the resources available, how to evaluate opportunities for green improvements and how to compare the energy efficiency and other sustainable criteria between different properties.
For twenty years, clients have entrusted Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA) to solve their building problems, protect their assets and investments, build under budget and realize their vision. Providing integrated solutions for new construction, renovation, and energy savings, since 1991 MSA has completed over 2,000 projects, each personally managed by principals Michael Shilale AIA, LEED or John Cirilli AIA, LEED.
MSA, an eight-person architectural engineering firm is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through their design work.
MSA serves an educational, commercial, institutional, municipal and residential client base, throughout New York and New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at www.shilale.com.