Ithaca Arthaus is a new, 100,000 SF, supported housing project with four stories of apartments above a community room, art gallery, offices, and parking area. The project, which received funding support from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, will contain 124 units.

Taitem provided full engineering design services for this project as well as commissioning, testing & verifications, and energy modeling. Taitem also provided energy consulting services and program compliance support for the project which participated in NYSERDA’s Multifamily New Construction Program as well as the Energy Star Program.

Ithaca Arthaus is an all-electric building, utilizing heat pumps for space heating/cooling and domestic hot water. The heat pumps for domestic hot water generation utilize a CO2-based refrigerant system minimizing the potential climate impacts from refrigerant leaks. Careful lighting design and fixture selection ensure low lighting power density. Our structural team designed the four stories of wood construction on top of a concrete podium. In addition to the details of a “soft” story design, the entire building is supported on steel piles bearing on the
bedrock located 100′ below the surface.

Taitem worked closely with the architect and internal design team, to develop an envelope system that will deliver significantly better-than-code insulation levels while providing long-term durability. Through an integrated design process, the project is projected to achieve over 50% site energy savings over a code baseline building with a projected site energy utilization intensity (EUI) of 25.6 kBtu/SF/yr and no fossil fuel use onsite.


YEAR 2020
ARCHITECT Vecino Group