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We must meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. At JMA, we strongly believe in sustainable projects, not because we want our projects recognized for being green, but because it helps the cause for a sustainable future. Each project whether large or small, creates momentum and awareness for the Green Building Movement and is ultimately one step further in the right direction toward an eco-friendly society.


“I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, the summers were naturally hot and sweltering. While the temperatures did descend in winter months, it wasn’t so cold and the humid air still endured. My family and I lived in a traditional, vernacular Buenos Aires home in the center of the city. It dated from the 1800’s and was what we called a ‘Casa Chorizo.’ Reflecting back on my childhood in that house, what I most remember is most always feeling comfortable within and the fresh fragrance of jasmine and azaleas in the luminous courtyard. With cross-ventilation, the house stayed pleasantly fresh and cool, even though we didn’t have air conditioning or ceiling fans. Things changed when I moved into an apartment in a brand new building. It was in a beautiful neighborhood of Buenos Aires with sweeping views across the metropolis. However, this building did not offer the same refreshing experience that my childhood home did. With the sun blasting into the large windows, the space became unbearable in the summer. I had to install blinds over the windows and an air conditioner which remained on 24 hours a day. My beautiful view of the city was now shrouded in white fabric and I longed for the natural summer breezes. While this was an unpleasant experience, it helped me realize how much of an impact a building’s design can have on its inhabitants. Now I understood more about my childhood home. The thick walls produced an exceptional insulation. The transom windows above the doors and windows pushed warm air across and out of the building. The veranda provided a buffer from the high summer sun, but allowed the low winter sun to project light into the bedrooms, and grape vines growing above provided a handsome shading for the space below. An efficient design means responding to local climate and site conditions to maximize building users’ comfort and wind to provide household heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting, thereby reducing or removing the need for mechanical heating or cooling. Using passive design can reduce temperature fluctuations, improve indoor air quality and make a home drier and more enjoyable to live in. This is why I passionately believe that architects should design buildings with comfort and resource-efficiency in mind.”

-Jorge Mastropietro

REASONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY CONTEMPORARY THREATS TO THE ENVIRONMENT Population Increase Increased Demand for Natural Resources Increased Pollution Increased Waste Energy Usage




Energy Usage

Buildings present a great strain on our resources, nearly as much as industry. By diminishing each building’s environmental impact and setting a high standard for efficiency, we as architects can and should work to significantly reduce the environmental stress on our valuable and finite natural resources.


Indirect Lighting


Large Windows






Passive Solar

Vertical + Cross Ventilation


Green Roofs


OTHER CONSIDERATIONS MATERIAL USAGE STRATEGIES Use High Percentage of Recycled Content Use Materials and Resources Available Locally and In Abundance Use Rapidly Renewable Products Use Certified Sustainable Wood Reuse Existing Materials Use Products Free of Toxic Ingredients Avoid Use of Scarce Materials

STORM WATER MANAGEMENT On Site Infiltration (Green Roof) Less Impervious Surfaces to Reduce Run-Off and Collect Water. Harvest of Rainwater to Be Used in Building Systems and as Irrigation.

LOCATION Infill (Existing Urban Infrastructure) Flood Preparedness in 100-Year Floodplains Brownfield Reclamation Proximity to Public Transportation


Thermal Comfort, Lighting, and Acoustics Ample Access to Natural Daylight and Views Through Large Windows Efficient Building Envelopes to Insulate and Reduce the Need for Heating and Cooling High-Performance Mechanical Systems, High-Efficiency Appliances and Plumbing Fixtures Use of Free Energy such as Natural Ventilation and Daylighting On-site Recycling and Composting for Waste Management Green Roofs Use of Native Plants to Reduce Need for Irrigation and Pesticides Reduction of Urban Heat Island Effect Using Material with Low Solar Reflectance and Green Roofs Storm Water Management

GREEN ROOFS GREEN ROOF BENEFITS Natural Aesthetic in an Urban Environment Storm Water Management Increased Property Value Air Quality Energy Efficiency and Thermal Insulation Noise Reduction Reduction of Urban Heat Island Effect (see below)

Urban Heat Island Effect - Green vs. Conventional Roof


GREEN ROOF FINANCIAL BENEFITS Increases Roofing Membrane Durability and Lifespan Reduction of Energy Usage and Cost Increases Real Estate Value



Natural Ventilation

Natural Ventilation

Natural Ventilation


Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Toilet Flushing

Rainwater Cistern

The project at 93 Bright Street seeks to raise the bar for building quality and performance, becoming a benchmark for future development in the surrounding area. It will serve as a local symbol for the Green Building Movement, in a neighborhood and city where similar infill projects are common. It is our belief that local infill projects executed to this level of sustainability, will improve the quality of life in the surrounding areas and will inspire future infill to meet these standards.


Use of native plants to reduce the amount of water required for irrigation, as well the need for pesticides or fertilizers.

Skylighting allows for use of “Free Energy” with natural ventilation and day-lighting.

Green wall

Use of pervious surfaces to collect water and reduce runoff

Green roof provides an additional thermal layer, reducing the need for air-conditioning


54 Bright will become the second green project on Jersey City’s Bright Street. It incorporates the same successful sustainable strategies used at 93 Bright, and will further reinforce the benefit of creating urban infill with quality and high-performance buildings. Like its predecessor down the street, it meshes harmoniously with its surroundings, taking ratios, proportions and materiality from adjacent buildings, ensuring that it becomes one with its context. With 54 and 93, we believe that there will now be significant momentum towards a Green Bright Street in the near future.


This museum proposal for Budapest, Hungary aspires to be part of the park that it resides in. The green roofs and lawns insulate the building from the elements and also collect rainwater for use in toilets and irrigation. Only native plants will be used in these spaces. With sustainable strategies like passive solar heating, radiant floor heating, high-performance glass, and photovoltaic solar panels, this building should significantly reduce the need for resources and its impact on the environment.

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Experience with sustainability measures. Jersey City, NJ / New York, NY / Buenos Aires, Argentina

JMA Sustainability Strategies  

Experience with sustainability measures. Jersey City, NJ / New York, NY / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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