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It's Not Easy Being Green

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Architect Thomas Paino is making some major revamps to his Long Island City home in order to increase its energy efficiency and protect it from future extreme weather events. Though the three-story house at 45-12 11th Street wasn't actually flooded by Sandy and is located in slightly-more-safe Flood Zone B, Paino is raising all three floors by 3.5 feet, as well as using Passive House-style techniques, such as heavy-duty insulation and triple-paned windows, to regulate the temperature and hence lessen the need for heat or A/C. The Climate Change Row House, as he's named it, even has a blog, where you can follow all the green renovation fun. [DNAinfo]