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Greening Brooklyn with The Hudson Companies Incorporated

When The Hudson Companies Incorporated launched an initiative to develop more sustainable buildings they called on SWA to lead a series of green design charrettes. As a result, SWA worked closely with the development and design teams to customize a set of cost-effective measures to achieve ENERGY STAR performance and capture incentives through NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program as well as certification under the LEED for Homes Mid-rise Pilot rating system. Two of the projects have recently begun construction and are profiled here.

Third & Bond located at the intersection of the Carroll Gardens and Gowanus neighborhoods is expected to achieve a Gold rating through the LEED for Homes Pilot as well as Multifamily ENERGY STAR. The 44-unit building features abundant daylighting utilizing Energy Star windows along with a high-performing building envelope using Signature Metals panelized walls fabricated locally in New Jersey. Mechanical design includes high efficiency heating and domestic hot water systems along with non-HCFC cooling units. The building will also feature ERV’s (Energy Recovery Ventilators) with continuously filtered fresh air to apartments. Interior finishes include low-VOC products as well as FSC-certified wood flooring. Not content to simply specify low-flow fixtures, Hudson did their homework on dual-flush toilets using the Maximum Performance (MaP) testing publications and had the Toto dual-flush unit (pictured on the left) installed at their office last year. With no issues reported Hudson is confidently moving ahead with their choice for the 80 water closets in the project.

Knickerbocker Condominiums is slated to be the first substantial renovation project to achieve both Multifamily ENERGY STAR as well as LEED for Homes certifications. This innovative re-use project in Bushwick consists of three previous mixed-use structures for a total of 49 residential units. Features here include individually controlled, high-efficiency, combined heating and domestic hot water boilers, and air conditioning units. As part of the compartmentalization strategy, all apartments will utilize Energy Star windows with integrated trickle ventilators for fresh air supply. Additional features include re-use of existing structural walls and foundations, bicycle storage, and the use of natural and recycled materials throughout the building.

For more information, contact Ryan Merkin, rmerkin@swinter.com.


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