Paul E McGinniss


Spaces To Live & Spaces To Create



Paul E McGinniss combines extesive experience in real estate with his unique knowledge of green building and renewable energy and advises clients on how to set up grid independent, zero net energy, resilient living situations. He is currently working with his partners to establish a grid protected, 100% self-sustaining farm community in Ulster County, NY. 

For many years Paul E McGinniss has been at the forefront of Green Building.  For three years Paul was the Green Advocate at New York House magazine where he reported at the cutting edge of green building materials, issues and developments. 

He has been an active paricipant in the manifestation of the modern green building movement both as an on-the-ground realtor and as journalist and environmental advocate.  He is familiar with the principles and methods as defined by the USGBC's LEED program, Passive House and the Living Building Challenge.
While not specifically adhering to any one specific building program or method, his knowledge and understanding of the various programs combined with his reporting on them as The New York Green Advocate gives him invaluable insight into how best to develop and design a green building project.

Paul first started adapting his extensive knowledge of green materials and design concepts to his real estate business when he taught the first green class at SUNY Ulster called Green Building and Renovation.  This class helped launch an extensive green curriculum at SUNY Ulster and included a tour of green buildings in the Hudson Valley.

Paul is a huge fan of resilient design methods and principles and has had the privilege of organizing a hugely popular event in NYC called Resilient Design: The New Imperative with Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen, Inc. and Executive Editor, Environmental Building News & GreenSpec.

Paul and his team are currently working with several clients to project manage green building projects from the ground up, beginning with the design and permitting phase all the way through to final construction.

Please see the links below to catch a glimpse of one of the latest green building projects project managed from beginning to end by Paul E McGinniss.

Small Footprint Building Project In Upstate, New York Exemplifies Green Affordability

Building Blocks of Successful Green Building



Paul E McGinniss: New York Green Advocate

paulPaul McGinniss,  New York Green Advocate, has interviewed a stellar array of change makers including Sylvia Earle, Dean Kamen, Ray Kurzweil, Fabien Cousteau and Josh Fox. 
Paul has helped to organize many environmental events including 7 Nights of Awareness for the December, 2011 NYC premier of the documentary film "The Big Fix."   He is currently hosting the Green Drinks NYC SPARK speaker series in NYC that is done in collaboration with The Moderns.

Paul is also a green building and renovation consultant. He advises people on how to set up grid independent, zero net energy, resilient living situations. He is currently working with his partners to establish a grid-protected, 100% self-sustaining farm community in Ulster County, NY.