Since early on in his practice, Nory Hazaveh has aligned SOSHNY to be environmentally responsible and intelligent regarding clean and renewable energy. That is why he continued his education beyond architecture to complete his MS in Engineering at Brooklyn University, with his thesis focused on energy design and conservation.
In the early '80s, he designed a housing community based on passive solar energy with orientations, deciduous landscaping, thermal mass, and thermal distribution. He understood the importance of these design elements long before the present green movement. Those efforts were followed by the geothermal design of single-family homes and office buildings and, eventually, thermal and solar systems with heat exchangers and liquid systems.
Currently, we are involved in working with photovoltaic systems. As a practice, almost all of our projects, regardless of size, consider site plan design to build performance, environmental impact, and design system selections. This is done specifically to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and carbon emissions. Our company’s philosophy is that we do not need directives from clients or agencies to behave responsibly in design selections and finalize our solutions to be energy-conscious. It’s our everyday practice among our team to automatically assume our design solutions have to minimize adverse impacts on the environment.