Saturday, February 21, 2015
Local and Green: The New Brinkmann Hardware Store
Many years ago, BPA started its practice in Sayville, NY, so we were quite familiar with Brinkmann's local hardware and paint store. In fact, we still own and use the barbecue grill they recommended to us twenty years ago. Helpful service and high-quality products make it quite easy to support this family-owned business. Combatting an era of impersonal corporate big-box stores, Brinkmann's Hardware Store has grown and is currently working with BPA to create a store that will reflect its values: tradition, community, and environmental responsibility. The 18,000 square foot space will now house hardware, paint, and office space under one solar roof. Yes, 120 KW of photovoltaic panels combined with a geo-thermal system will set this building on the path to net-zero energy, creating an efficient building which will serve as a model for both its consumers and other commercial buildings. With one foot planted in the family tradition and the other in the alternative energy future, it is very exciting for us to chronicle this project from start to finish. Stay tuned!