College of the Atlantic’s new 12,000 SF dormitory is going up quickly! Located off Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine, COA is committed to a strict “no fossil fuels” policy. This mass timber project is all-electric and designed to Passive House standards.
Our team recently completed the drawing set for a gut renovation of the historic Wilcor Warehouse at 700 Broad Street in downtown Utica. The project, named IMPACT Utica, is part of a new redevelopment initiative led by PeopleFirst (formerly, the Utica Housing Authority), which will bring affordable housing options to the city of Utica.
Ithaca Passive House is a new 2,200 SF single-family residence in Ithaca, NY design-certified as a PHIUS Zero project by achieving all of the design requirements of the PHIUS Core standard and also netting out energy use on an annual basis with renewable energy.
What’s the next step for building owners?
Ithaca has been recognized internationally as it became the first U.S. city to begin operation on a 100% decarbonization plan. The goal of the adopted plan is to, “electrify thousands of buildings in the city of Ithaca in an effort to decarbonize by the end of the decade.”
NYSERDA is now providing Carbon Neutral Portfolio Support to help owners and developers move their building portfolios toward 100% electrification and net-zero readiness. Owners have the opportunity to work with a NYSERDA qualified provider to evaluate electrification across a portfolio and draft a plan for implementation. The goal is to support the owner in understanding the costs
Taitem Engineering’s Yossi Bronsnick and Brendan Mangino presented a study on central heat pump domestic hot water systems at this year’s NYS Green Building Conference on April 22.
Taitem President Lou Vogel continues a series of blog posts to respond to and help navigate new guidelines set forth by the CDC and ASHRAE as they relate to building ventilation. The latest post talks about the smog event that happened in Donora, PA in 1948 (pictured right) and how it relates to the questions around filtration of outside air as it enters our buildings.
If you or someone in your network owns a small commercial business (100 Full-Time Employees or Less) or Not-For-Profit Organization of any size, they are eligible for a NO COST energy study of their building to help them understand and potentially reduce their carbon emissions.
Our team has been attending webinars, collecting data, and closely monitoring the research around the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 as it relates to building ventilation requirements. Understanding up-to-date guidelines for improving will support building owners and building occupant safety as we move toward reopening businesses and public spaces in NYS.
Our team truly enjoyed designing the building systems for this project and would like to thank everyone for working together to make the expansion of Greenstar’s Marketplace a success, especially STREAM Collaborative, Organic Nature, the Greenstar board, and all of the Greenstar community members. The new space showcases the core values of our community and a commitment to sustainable building practices.
We put together a list of tips for safely shutting down your building systems to conserve energy, save money, and further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Please take a moment to review the list and spread the word to your network.
BUILDING ELECTRIFICATION – INCLUDING HOT WATER, November 2019
TEST DRIVE THE ITHACA GREEN BUILDING POLICY, October 2018
ITHACA ADOPTS GREEN BUILDING POLICY, June 2018
COMMISSIONING IS CRITICAL, April 2018
EXTERIOR LIGHTING UPDATES, February 2018