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Arbor House

A Green Multifamily residential building in Bronx, NY.
  • 770 E. 166th Street
  • Bronx
  • NY
  • 10456

  • The new state of the art affordable housing development in the South Bronx, NY, features a 10,000 square foot (930 sq meters) fully integrated rooftop farm.

    The greenhouse will use water harvested from the greenhouse roof. The farm will be used to provide fresh, healthy vegetables to the building's tenants and the surrounding community, making a significant contribution to food access and public health in the neighborhood.
  • Take the 2 or 5 train to Prospect Avenue in the Bronx.
  • Construction year
  • 2012
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 120000
  • No. floors
  • 8
  • Certification
  • Energy Star Homes, USGBC LEED-Platinum, National Green Building Standard-Gold, American Cancer Society Healthy High Rise Building
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • High efficiency 90-98% AFUE sealed combustion condensing boilers

    20kw micro CHP (cogeneration) provides electricity and 100% of domestic hot water demand

    Low e-2 coatings and argon gas in all fiberglass windows

    Direct drive elevators use a fraction of horsepower as compared to conventional elevators without machine rooms and a/c requirement

    Energy Star fixtures LED and CFL throughout the building

    Occupancy sensor light switching and bi-level lighting in public and utility areas

    Energy star kitchen appliances
    Home energy monitoring systems in each apartment

    Nest "Learning” programmable thermostats with occupancy sensors in each room for separate heating and cooling zones

    Variable frequency drive and NEMA premium efficiency motors (VFD) for larger mechanical systems pumps

    Computer linked outdoor and indoor sensor boiler temperature modulation controls

    Continuous energy star direct venting background ventilation systems with constant air regulators and trickle vents in each apartment

    Oversized window glazing to allow for greater daylighting
  • Green Products
  • Airtight drywall approach (ADA) construction methodology for envelope tightness

    Light gauge metal framing using 100% recycled steel studs

    Low VOC paints, adhesives, finishes and sealants for improved indoor air quality

    Low VOC vinyl wall covering with high recycled content

    No particle board or engineered wood products containing added formaldehyde

    67% recycled content resilient flooring with anti-microbial nanoparticles of silver

    95% of construction waste recycled and diverted from landfill

    Crushed recycled concrete and masonry debris as concrete flatwork sub-base and for subsurface drainage material

    Maximum use of locally manufactured items to minimize transportation energy usage (i.e. boilers, kitchen cabinets and countertops, precast concrete, concrete masonry units, and lighting fixtures)

    Use of CRI rated 100% recyclable “cradle to cradle” carpet tile and recycled traffic walk off mats

    Fly ash and slag used in concrete

    Use of high post consumer recycled materials

    The building has a 100% smoke free environment policy
  • Water Conservation Features
  • Rainwater harvesting system for greenhouse and irrigation purposes

    Advanced stormwater management system releases stored rainwater based on realtime NOAA weather forecast data

    Dual flush extra low flow 0.8/1.28 gpf toilets, 1gpm showerheads, .5gpm faucets

    Water Sense approved drip irrigation system for native and drought resistant landscaping
  • Transportation
  • Prospect Avenue stop on the #2/#5 train is about 6-7 blocks away

    Bicycle storage and tenant storage areas

    Building has fully equipped indoor fitness center and outdoor fitness path and meets NYC Active Design Guidelines to help promote a healthy lifestyle and combat obesity
  • Window brand
  • Pella
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • Rigid R-10 insulation installed at exterior wall to create a continuous thermal break and vapor barrier in addition to R-15 fiberglass wall insulationR-32.5 roof insulation with high albedo white coatings to reduce heat and cooling loads
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • Multifamily residential
  • Designer
  • Danois Architects
  • Builder
  • Blue Sea Development Company
  • LEED/Green Building Consultant
  • Steven Winter Associates
  • Number of units
  • 124