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Unplug & Flow Competition Board

In January 2013, we finished a design competition with an amazing group of professionals from Philadelphia and Berlin. The design competition was a part of Infill Philadelphia’s SoakItUp Competition for 2013. Our submission was a finalist in the “Neighborhood: Greening the Grid” category. The Concept Our design concept was called Unplug and Flow. It is […]

Infill Philadelphia: SoakItUp! Exhibition 2012

UPDATE: Our presentation board from the event is now available for download (3 MB). A design book from the exhibition is also available online. We are proud to announce the selection of two projects for the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Exhibition. Co-sponsored by the Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia Water Department, and the US Environmental Protection […]

Hurricane advice for Homeowners

As we baton down the hatches for what is billed as a Frankenstorm (October 2012), we here at JFS Engineering have been considering hurricane advice for homeowners. A core service we provide is design of stormwater management infrastructure, and the principles we use for large developments apply to single family homes. Over the years, we’ve fielded questions […]

watercyclehigh

Here in New York City, the primary issue with stormwater runoff is the flow and volume of water generated, and our overloaded sewer systems are hardest hit during rain events. The natural way to correct this is to create more green space to soak up that water, or implement rainwater harvesting systems to act as […]

55-69 Bank Street Rendering by LiMN Architects

The Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) is a business incubator focused on the burgeoning field of green and clean technologies.  As a part of the organization’s growth and evolution, it is currently expanding into a new space in Morristown New Jersey. Mr. Schaffer has been retained to provide due diligence, site design, cost analysis, and construction plans […]

A farm raised fish and friend Ben Walmer

JFS Engineering has been engaged with a developer of aquaponics systems for due diligence and site search consulting.  The proprietary system will be used to grow a hardy fish species using the best available technologies to minimize energy and organics to the system. Wastewater will be treated through ancillary hydroponics and other closed-loop systems.  The re-circulation system […]

From http://www.csebcc.org/

Having been in operation for a few years, the Bronx Community College (BCC) Center for Sustainable Energy, in cooperation with the City University of New York (CUNY) had grown into the need for dedicated office and classroom space.  As a part of a de facto design-build team, JFS Engineering will provide site design expertise in […]

Dino the Green Dinosaur

On July 26, 2011, our good friend Bill Bobenhausen, FAIA, had Joe Schaffer on his radio show as a guest.  We talked about green engineering, the intersection of building and site design, and the state of the marketplace.  You can listen in on the show in MP3 format:  Part One and Part Two. Bill’s Green Architecture Show […]