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'Green guidelines issued for BPC.

The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) announced that it has issued environmentally-advanced "green guidelines" that set high standards for healthy and sustainable commercial and institutional development at Battery Park City.

The new commercial/institutional guidelines follow in the footsteps of the BPCA's pioneering residential "green guidelines," which were announced in January 2000. The residential guidelines are responsible for the first "green" high-rise residential building in the nation, which is now under construction by the Albanese Development Corporation at 20 River Terrace.

With the active encouragement and support of Governor George E. Pataki, the BPCA is now bringing this same kind of leadership to the field of commercial and institutional projects. All future buildings constructed under the BPCA's direction will therefore be at the forefront of ecologically responsible design, seeking to influence the real estate market and the construction industry by demonstrating that "green" building techniques can be economically attractive in an urban setting.

Although the initial costs of "green" construction can be higher, greater levels of efficiency and operational savings bring significant long-term paybacks. Builders may also be eligible for special funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the U.S. Department of Energy, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Governor Pataki's first-in-the-nation "Green Building Tax Credit."

Governor Pataki said, "I am delighted that the Battery Park City Authority continues to set the pace for environmentally-responsible construction in our state and nation. Battery Park City's residential "green guidelines" broke new ground in a host of areas. Now we're taking the lessons we've learned about the environment and healthy living and are putting them to productive use in the construction of commercial/institutional buildings. Our Green Buildings program is not only smart policy, it sends an important message: In the State of New York, a healthy economy and a healthy environment go hand in hand."

The BPCA has issued a separate set of guidelines for commercial/institutional development because "green" standards for commercial development are more advanced than for residential construction and because the two types of buildings often have different design requirements. For example, central air conditioning is necessary for commercial offices where windows are sealed, but not for residential apartments where tenants usually prefer the option of opening their windows.

The new commercial/institutional "green guidelines" combine environmentally advanced engineering techniques with excellence in design to create "green" buildings featuring:

* On site storage, filtering and recycling of waste water to supply flush water for toilets and other maintenance functions

* Photo-voltaic panels for generating electric power to provide at least 5% of base building electric load; space allocated for the future use of fuel cells

* The collection of storm water from the roof in storage tanks, and plumbing fixtures that use 20% less water than required by the Energy Policy Act of 1992

* Energy strategies that are 35% more efficient than current NYS codes, including dimmable and motion-detector controlled lighting, low-E glazing, high efficiency insulation, 30% more natural light, and energy-efficient appliances

* Enclosed storage for bicycles

* The recycling of construction waste material

* Landscaped roof areas to reduce heat gain/loss

* High use of construction materials with recycled content

* Efficient HVAC systems with high amounts of filtered outdoor air, with 85% of particulates removed.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:May 15, 2002
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