Location – New York, New York
Size – 316,000sf
Developer – Savanna Fund
Architect – Fogarty Finger Architects, INC Architects
Market – Residential Condominium
Date – 2022
A new construction luxury residential condominium in Morningside Heights sought LEED NC v2009 certification. Throughout the design and construction process, Vandewater established sustainability targets for site, energy, water, waste, and indoor air quality.
Sustainable Design
LEED NC v2009 Certification
LEED + NYCECC Energy Modeling
Fundamental + Enhanced Commissioning
LEED NC v2009 Gold Certification
Energy efficiency measures that optimize the energy performance of the building include a high-efficiency HVAC system and high-performance glazing. Glass fenestration enables high daylight penetration into spaces with views to the exterior. Green Power off-sets also improve the building’s performance. Building commissioning and energy and water metering maximize and monitor energy performance. Occupancy sensors in common areas help to reduce lighting impacts.
Vandewater maximizes water efficiency to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems, while reducing the overall operating costs. All building fixtures have low flush and flow rates resulting in a 38% reduction in potable water use. Native vegetation across the site and efficient irrigation practices helps to reduce the amount of water necessary to maintain the landscaping.
Indoor Air Quality
To improve indoor air quality, the mechanical ventilation system has been designed to beat the outdoor air supply requirements of ASHRAE 62.1-2010 – Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, by at least 30%. Additionally, smoking is prohibited within the public areas of the building and site. Vandewater was designed to meet the voluntary thermal comfort criteria described in the ASHRAE 55-2010 standard provides occupant controllability of the mechanical systems to ensure comfort. Enhanced indoor air quality is achieved by incorporating materials that meet all advanced emissions criteria.
The team sought to effectively manage materials and resources. Examples range from basics, like recycling to more complex issues like the use of building materials containing recycled content from manufacturers with sustainable extraction/ fabrication policies. Adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings all have low VOC content. The building recycles tenant waste material and incorporates a designated recycling area. A “Green Cleaning” program requires the use of non-toxic and environmentally benign cleaning chemicals.
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