Built in the 1880
' s, the old Nassau Brewery Ice House is being transformed from
a vacant commercial space into 6 residential units. The owners and
designers Susan Brown and Benton Boyle are making significant steps
towards getting the Ice House LEED certification as a green building.
As LEED certification requires a commitment to sustainability and
environmental awareness in the building process, the Ice House exhibits
various components throughout the structure that promote both conservation
The building has a 7 kilowatt roof integrated
photovoltaic system, which participates in Con Edison's net-metering
program. The other 2 roof areas comprise about 2300 square ft of
green roof space.
This not only provides insulation in the heating of the building
in the winter, but also retains cool air in the summer. The green
roof also prevents thousands of gallons of rainwater runoff per
year. The building uses a radiant heating system which is highly
efficient in heating the floors and walls of the apartments.
The products used for the principle construction
projects exhibit various environmental features. The concrete used
for the floor and wall installations recycles refuse from coal burning
known as fly-ash, to create a non-toxic, stronger and more insulated
material than regular concrete. It also cuts down the amount of
concrete used, which is good because making concrete is a greenhouse
gas intensive project. Nearly all of the wood used in the building
is completely reclaimed and many of the lighting and bathroom fixtures
are reclaimed as well. All units are outfitted with Energy Star
appliances and low-flow water fixtures. The decision to keep the
buildings large window spaces will enhance electricity conservation.
The low-emissivity windows help keep temperatures cool in the summer
by minimizing the amount of heat from the sunlight that passes through.