Projects in development: NYSERDA gives prizes to Dekalb Commons and Cooper Park Commons Building 2
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) “stimulate[s] the design, construction, and operation of very low, or zero carbon emitting buildings,” with its Buildings of Excellence competition. Two St. Nicks Alliance projects, Dekalb Commons (633–639 and 648–654 DeKalb Avenue) and Cooper Park Commons building 2 (125 Maspeth Avenue) each received the top prize of $1M each.
At Dekalb Commons, St. Nicks Alliance will use the award with Bright Power, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, and Dagher Engineering to build to Passive House Standards. These standards effect that very little energy is used to achieve a comfortable temperature year round, making conventional heating and air conditioning systems more obsolete and lowering utility costs. By integrating community solar, St. Nicks Alliance will be able to generate electricity at the property and will enable more New Yorkers to realize the benefits and savings associated with clean energy. The building is all electric with near net zero operational energy performance. “One of St. Nicks Alliance’s goals for Dekalb Commons is for it to serve as an example for both affordable and market-rate buildings seeking to produce the next generation of truly sustainable communities with exceptional design,” stated Frank Lang, Director for Housing, St. Nicks Alliance.
Cooper Park Commons Building 2, is an all-electric, 100% affordable housing development set on what once was the Greenpoint Hospital complex. When complete, it will be a leading example of sustainability and low-carbon design. The team is committed to achieving Passive House Classic and LEED v4 certifications. LEED v4.1, raises the bar on building standards to address energy efficiency, water conservation, site selection, material selection, day lighting, and waste reduction. Building 2’s focus on sustainable design will achieve energy cost savings over typical new-construction affordable housing development, as well as provide enhanced indoor air quality, comfort, health, and resiliency for the tenant community. The team is achieving these design features in a cost-efficient manner and maximizing operating savings. The project will utilize an array of available funding sources for mixed-use developments, creating a replicable model for sustainable affordable housing developments.