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February 10, 2013


2668 Decatur, is a six story 18 unit building consisting of one studio, 11 one bedrooms and 5 two bedrooms. Decatur Green is situated on a 4,577 square foot lot with a total floor area of 15,771 square feet. It includes a community room and outdoor sitting area for tenants. All tenants will earn up to 60% of the areas median income and pay no more than 30% of gross income toward rent. This development designed by OCV Architects focuses on construction strategies to increase envelope performance (i.e. wall assembly strategies, increased insulation, low-e windows), installation of high efficiency building and elevator systems, computer heat sensors, light fixtures, water delivery fixtures that control the volume of water delivered to each unit and selections of environmentally-friendly materials (i.e. bamboo and linoleum floors) and products that maintain healthy air quality conditions (i.e. low VOC paints, primers, sealants and adhesives). Additionally, Decatur Green highlights a 3,000 gallon rainwater harvesting and filtration system that implements a renewable source of water to service the toilets within each residential unit.

David Podell

David Podell is a stand alone building with 50 affordable aparment units, occupied by senior citizens and regulated by HUD. It is managed by TCU Management. In 2010 the building underwent a renovation as part of the Weatherization Assistance Program and the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program to improve its efficiency. As part of the work, the building converted from a two-pipe steam system, to a hot water circulation system. Two achieve this, the building replaced two- 43 year old Gibrailtar steam boilers (6,400 MBH ea.) with two high efficient LAARS Rheos hot water boilers (1,600 MBH ea.). The retrofit also included a fuel conversion from #6 heating oil to natural gas. The steam to hydronic conversion was accomplished without displacing any of the building residents. In addition to the conversion, the building also upgraded the lighting to energy efficient T8s, and installed Constant Airflow Regulators (CARs) to reduce the overall building ventilation. Overall, these measures resulted in a 44% energy reduction over the first year.

David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens

David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens is an affordable housing development located in Harlem, comprising 85 studio to two bedroom apartments, to house low-income families and youths aging out of foster care. The building includes a community center with classroom and activity spaces for the sponsor’s building trades training program. A landscaped garden area provides an outdoor recreational space for residents and re-establishes a community garden located on the site. The masonry bearing wall and pre-cast concrete plank building is organized into bays on contrasting brick colors to provide scale and visual interest. Brick banding and a rusticated base emphasize the residential character of the building. Two recessed, glazed window wall bays interrupt the brick facade to mark the residence and community center entries and open the facade to the community. The project participated in the Enterprise Green Communities Initiative. Sustainable design features include: use of EnergyStar appliances and fixtures; low-flow plumbing fixtures; use of green and recycled materials; enhancement of indoor air quality through insulation and innovative apartment ventilation; native, low-maintenance planting; green roof; photo-voltaic panels, rainwater harvesting; and resident education. The green roof is on the sixth floor setback roof with a solarium for use by the residents. A rainwater harvesting system provides water for irrigation of the garden. Sunshades control solar gain at windows.


Greenbelt will be the first mixed-use commercial and residential building seeking LEED certification in Brooklyn, New York, an urban borough of 4 million. Greenbelt seeks to demonstrate that green development can be sensitive to the environment through energy effiiciency, water conservation, less toxic materials, recycled and rapidly renewable materials. Greenbelt also wishes to show sensitivity to the community and cultural space in which it operates by working with local artists to develop and purchase the ground floor for dance rehearsal and performance. Greenbelt hopes to show that even a relatively small project can have a majorly positive impact through careful planning, design and big ideas. Site is still under construction. Steps must be climbed. As a result, pets and persons with disabilities may have a hard time accessing the upper floors.NY 1

Arbor House

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.