Solaire wins again.The Solaire, the first "green" residential tower in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , has received two top industry distinctions.
In honor of Earth Day, Albanese Organization, the building's developer, announced last week that The Solaire received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as a Top Ten Award from the American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Organized in 1857, the Institute conducts various activities and programs to support the profession and enhance its public image, including periodically awarding the AIA Committee on the Environment.
The Solaire, located at 20 River Terrace in Battery Park City, was environmentally engineered to consume 35% less energy, reduce peak demand for electricity by 65%, require 50% less potable potable /pot·a·ble/ (po´tah-b'l) fit to drink.
Fit to drink; drinkable.
fit to drink. water, provide healthier indoor air quality Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor and provide substantially more natural light than typical residential buildings.
Among the most innovative environmental features of the new landmark building are: photovoltaic cells integrated within the exterior walls capable of generating five percent of the building's base electric load; highly filtered fresh air supply to each residence; an air conditioning system fueled by natural gas and free of ozone depleting refrigerants Chemical refrigerants are assigned an R number(sometimes the label replaces it with the word Freon) which is determined systematically according to molecular structure. The following is a list of refrigerants with their R numbers, IUPAC chemical name, molecular formula, and CAS number. ; an onsite water treatment system that treats and recycles water; storm water catchment system to irrigate ir·ri·gate
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid. the rooftop garden; a building management and monitoring system to control and monitor air quality, energy consumption and maintain optimum performance of all building systems; and the use of materials which both contain high recycled content to conserve natural resources.