About the Designer

Benno van Noort was born on the island of Curacao, and raised in the Netherlands. His passion for design and construction and a search for opportunity brought him to the United States. For the past 10 years he has been dedicated to working toward a more sustainable future through his work and in his personal life.

Benno has a degree in furniture design from the Netherlands and a range of work experience in the design industry. Earlier in his career he designed and manufactured furniture for the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam. In New York he made furniture for Steven Hall and worked for Raphael Vinoly.

More recently he focused on green building construction and capital planning. Benno won the EPA Environmental Quality Award in 2003, and the EPA Small Business Energy Smart Award in 2004 for The New 42nd Street, Inc, an organization that operates theaters and rehearsal studios in New York City.

He is a LEED Accredited Proffessional, and is currently spearheading a LEED-EB Silver application for one the buldings he manages for the New 42nd Street.

Benno's design, Spoorhouse, won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Residential Design for the 2008 LifeCycle Building Challenge.

Spoorhouse is his vision of a highly resource efficient living environment designed to sustain the impact of climate change. His goal is to achieve superior sustainability without compromising style.

Bob Bartow, who made the renderings for Spoorhouse, is a digital design artist residing in Orebro, Sweden. His background includes an education from the Arts Institute of Chicago as well as experience in the building construction industry.

Bob has been able to translate Benno's vision in tangible images. Bob and Benno have been personal and proffessional friends for many years and they share a commitment to a sustainable future.