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$125,000 rebate ok'd for Polytechnic U.

$125,000 rebate ok'd for Polytechnic U.

Flack + Kurtz Consulting Engineers has won approval for a $125,000 Con Edison Rebate for its client Polytechnic University The rebate is a result of the energy-efficient engineering systems F + K designed for the school's Dibner Library/Center For Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT). It includes $70,000 for HVAC and $55,000 for lighting. In addition, the use of advanced electrical systems will reduce the lighting load by 66kw, trimming an estimated $32,000 off the buildings annual electric bill.

"In a lackluster real estate market, Con Edison's Enlightened Energy program gives developers and building owners an incentive to install upgraded energy-saving engineering systems that will help reduce electricity costs, and increase appeal to potential tenants, states Sheldon Steiner, principal, Flack + Kurtz. In addition to helping clients qualify for the program, Flack + Kurtz also handles the application and filing procedures required to receive these rebates.

According to Con Edison's Ray Millet, superviser of the program, "The Enlightened Energy program encourages energy conservation through high efficiency lighting and electrical systems Energy conservation is much more cost-effective than building new power plants.

The Dibner Library/CATT is one of several buildings being constructed at Metrotech, a new 16-acre Technology Center in downtown Brooklyn. The five-story, 12,000-square-foot science library and academic center will also house an auditorium and public spaces that will serve the University and other residents of Metrotech. The project is a joint venture of the architectural firms Davis, Brody & Associates and Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen. Its estimated cost is $25 million. Completion date is scheduled for Spring |92.

Flack + Kurtz was retained to design the lighting, and mechanical and electrical engineering systems.

Ms. Marty Salzberg, project designer who headed the lighting team, states, "The Universitys mandate was to create a lighting plan that was energy efficient yet did not reduce illumination levels for ambient and task lighting. To meet this objective, Flack + Kurtz s lighting design stipulated electronic ballasts for fluorescent fixtures, (a savings of 30 watts per fixture), and compact fluorescent lamps versus standard incandescent bulbs, (a savings of 100 watts per fixture." This approach significantly lowered the wattage used without affecting the level of illumination.

The reduction in wattage also lowered the heat load. As a result, the HVAC system was downsized, making the building eligible for additional rebate.

PHOTO : Flack & Kurtz Consulting Engineers has won approval for a $125,000 Con Edison Rebate for its client Polytechnic University. The rebate is a result of the energy-efficient engineering systems F & K designed for the school's Dibner Library/Center For Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT).
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Title Annotation:Energy & Conservation Supplement
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 18, 1991
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