New York Governor Dedicates Energy-Efficient High-Rise in Lower Manhattan

October 03, 2003

On September 5 New York Governor George E. Pataki dedicated a new residential high-rise building that is 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 lower Manhattan since September 11, 2001, and is the first to earn the state's green building tax credit. For details, see the governor's September 5 press release.

Compared to a structure that meets New York's minimum building code requirements, the 27-story building uses 35% less energy and has a 67% lower electrical demand during peak hours. Solar cells are incorporated into the building's exterior walls and can generate as much as 5% of the building's electrical load. A rooftop garden, fed with storm water, helps insulate and cool the building, and the air conditioning system (which is free of ozone-depleting refrigerants) is fueled with natural gas. A building energy management system monitors and controls building air quality and energy performance. The apartments feature low-E windows, and the larger apartments include energy- and water-efficient washers and dryers. For details, see DOE's High Performance Buildings online brochure and schematic.

Source: September 10, 2003 issue of EERE Network News.