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Taino Plaza

A Green Residential Building in The Bronx, NY.
  • 488 East 164th Street
  • The Bronx
  • NY
  • 10456
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  • Photo courtesy of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

    An energy efficient, mixed-use commercial and residential building for SOBRO (South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation) built on a remediated former industrial brownfield site. The building consists of 105 units of low- and moderate-income housing, interior and exterior community space, and 18,400 square feet of commercial space at the ground floor. Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP worked with the Client to obtain NYSERDA funding for many energy efficient upgrades. The project is the first multi-family residential property in the Bronx to implement solar energy technology.
  • Construction year
  • 2004
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 42
  • No. floors
  • 7
  • Green Energy Features
  • Uni-Solar 30kW rooftop photovoltaics array.
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • High-efficiency condensing boilers; also produce Domestic Hot Water

    Energy Monitoring System to optimize boiler performance, including sensors in apartments

    Energy-efficient common area lighting (including compact fluorescent, T5 high output lamps, bi-level motion
    sensor fixtures, and occupancy sensors)

    Energy-efficient apartment lighting (compact fluorescent)

    Energy StarĀ® refrigerators in all apartments and Community Room

    Digital programmable thermostats in Commercial spaces with night set-back

    Individual thermostats in each apartment

    Time clocks on exterior lighting and rooftop exhaust fans

    Commissioning by outside consultant for boiler operation, lighting, and photovoltaics

    Landscape design includes trees for shade

    Light-colored reflective roofing and terrace pavers to reduce heat absorption
  • Green Products
  • Use of materials with recycled content (rubber roof pavers made from recycled tires)

    Use of rapidly renewable materials (bamboo floors)

    Recycling rooms on each floor

    Ample daylight in apartments and public spaces

    Operable windows in apartments and public spaces for natural ventilation

    Mechanical ventilation in all kitchens, toilets and bathrooms

    Formaldehyde-free foil-faced insulation
  • Water Conservation Features
  • Front-loading Energy StarĀ® washing machines.
  • Transportation
  • Located near mass transit
  • Window brand
  • High-performance window glazing (low-E, argon-filled, U-value less than 0.5)
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • Increased insulation in exterior walls and roof
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • Mixed use
  • Designer
  • Curtis + Ginsburg
  • Builder
  • The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO)
  • Construction or renovation cost
  • $20 million
  • Building Style
  • New construction
  • Residential type
  • Mixed Use
  • Number of units
  • 105 (30 studios, 37 one bedrooms, 26 two bedrooms, 12 three bedrooms.)