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September 10, 2003

New York Dedicates New Energy-Efficient Residential Building

Last week, New York Governor George E. Pataki dedicated a new residential high-rise building considered to be a pioneer in sustainable design. The Solaire, located at 20 River Terrace in Battery Park City, is the first new residential construction completed in downtown Manhattan since the events of 9/11, and is the first to earn the state's green building tax credit. Compared to a building constructed to meet the minimum requirements of the building code, the 27-story building uses 35 percent less energy and has a 67 percent lower electrical demand during peak hours. Solar cells are incorporated into the building's exterior walls and can generate as much as 5 percent of the building's electrical load. A rooftop garden, fed with storm water, helps insulate and cool the building, and the air conditioning system is fueled with natural gas and free of ozone- depleting refrigerants. A building energy management system monitors and controls building air quality and energy performance. The apartments feature energy-efficient low-E windows, and the larger apartments include an energy- and water-efficient washer and dryer. See the governor's press release and The Solaire Web site's Green Features section and Residences section.

According to the Albanese Organization, the developer of the project, the first residents moved into The Solaire on July 4th, and 60 percent of the apartments were rented by early July. See the Albanese Organization press release.

The U.S. Green Building Council also honored the building during the international Green Building Challenge competition in 2002. For more information on the competition and to download a PDF of a brochure with schematic drawings of the building, click on Battery Park City on DOE's High Performance Buildings Web site.