Green Wine Cellars by Joseph & Curtis
More and more wine collectors are interested in having their custom wine cellars built in an environmentally responsible manner. Customers and clients are increasingly aware of their environmental impact and are demanding environmentally sound business practices and goods. What separates Joseph & Curtis is our commitment to push the “green envelope.” We strive to build the greenest wine cellars known in our industry.
Joe and I have pursued being “green” for years because the smaller the footprint we leave, the easier the impact on the planet. When we first set out on this goal we realized it would not be easy, but the easy way has never been the J&C way! Working in skyscrapers in NYC, battling summer Hamptons traffic, building wine racks and shipping them across the country. If there is a way to satisfy our clients, we are always up to the challenge!
Many customers realize that, for just a little extra expense, they can still get the same value, wine storage, and awe-factor that J&C customers have come to know. It begins with insulation which can significantly decrease your energy intake. Homeowners can upgrade insulation in their wine cellar to fill gaps which prevents cold air from escaping and takes a major load off the cooling unit. So with a proper vapor barrier and insulator, you not only help the environment but also add longevity to your unit, reduce noise between rooms, and save money in the process. An alternative is to locate cool spots in the basement for “passive” wine cellars which do not need cooling units. This is ideal for the oenophile who consumes wine at a rapid pace.
Energy conservation is a big piece of the puzzle, but so are the materials chosen. Our green choice for wine racks is Lyptus wood which grows to harvest size in approximately 14-16 years which is three times faster rather than the typical 50-70 years for wood species of similar characteristics, such as Cherry or Mahogany. Lyptus grows in abundance in Brazil; it has the look of Mahogany, and is harvested without clear-cutting rain forests, so often associated with Mahogany. This enables us to build wine racks using less of the earth’s resources. Lyptus is Cherry in color and has the fine grain of genuine Mahogany. Staining or clear coat of a water-based lacquer looks great as well! Check out some of our recent wine cellar projects for shots of Lyptus racks.
Our main warehouse recently upgraded all of our lighting and eliminated over 2,000 watts of unneeded electricity use. We also team with local mulch producers so that organic wood waste is never sent to a dumpster, but instead lives an alternative life, possibly in your front yard!
We feel that preserving the world’s natural resources is the responsibility of every individual, both at work and at home. So please give Joseph & Curtis a call and allow us to build the “green” wine cellar of your dreams!