This is super cool. I love the idea of using fabric scraps for insulation. I mean, what a solution! Using stuff that is unusable in it’s original format and would end up in a landfill anyways and taking YEARS to break down. This also gets rid of that horrible insulation they’ve been using for centuries and which has made so many people sick. Bravo!
I got this article information from the New York Daily News
Scraps of recycled denim are packed inside the walls of a gorgeous, just-renovated townhouse – showing off a new Earth-friendly way to insulate a home and reuse jeans at the same time.
The lovely, warm pad on W. 122nd St. boasts 4,600 square feet of space, wide-planked hardwood floors, state-of-the-art appliances and a spacious balcony.
It is “the greenest private residence in Manhattan,” say reps, and for $4.6 million, it can be yours.
“It will be the only LEED-certified house in Manhattan,” says Amanda Lecky, editor at Good Housekeeping. The magazine partnered with “Go Green East Harlem,” a community-based initiative aimed at curbing environmental harm in the neighborhood.
So just how green is this brownstone?
The 100% denim insulation is nontoxic. Wood is sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council, which harvests trees responsibly.
Appliances are Energy Star rated and the hot water heaters are tankless, meaning they operate only on demand.
Slate in the bathrooms and kitchen comes from a quarry in Vermont, complying with guidelines that products come from within 500 miles.
“I want to show people that a green home can be elegant and comfortable and gorgeous,” says Lecky. “You don’t sacrifice anything on the aesthetics.”
But going green will cost you plenty – and at this price, real estate experts are skeptical the home will sell, especially in a softening market.
Joey Arkof, of the real estate blog Curbed, said, “$4.6 million would be a bit of a stretch.”