Arbor House

Sustainable Design

11729 24 038-2Arbor House, designed by Blue Sea Development Company, LLC and located in the Bronx, is this week’s featured green project.

The 2014 Green Awards Overall Winner for the Multifamily High-Rise category, Arbor House is an exemplary, holistic green project that has successfully merged thoughtful design with innovative green features to create beautiful and sustainable multi-family, affordable housing.

Below are just ten of the numerous green features and techniques used in Arbor House that led to the project’s ultimate recognition.

10 of Arbor House’s green features

  • A rooftop urban farm and an interior living green wall that improves indoor air quality by removing carbon dioxide and replacing it with oxygen
  • 95.8% of construction waste recycled and diverted from landfills
  • Rigid R-10 thermal break insulation and vapor barrier on the exterior walls, R-15 fiberglass insulation in the wall framing, and R-35 roof insulation with high albedo white coatings
  • 11729.24.11Low-E coatings and argon gas windows
  • A stormwater management system that stores and releases captured rainwater to reduce surcharging of city sewer system coupled with a rainwater harvesting system for greenhouse use
  • Energy Star appliances and LED and fluorescent fixtures
  • Occupancy and daylight sensor lighting
  • NEST “learning” self-programmable thermostats in each room
  • Dual flush toilets and extra low-flow showerheads, bathroom, and kitchen sink faucet aerators customized to building water pressure
  • Continuous direct vent background exhaust system with Energy Star fans, regulators, and trickle vents in each apartment

11729.24.036-2Other Quick Stats:

  • Stories: 8
  • Square footage: 120,000
  • Units: 124
  • Type: Rental, low-income
  • Green certification(s): NGBS-Gold, LEED-Platinum, Energy Star
  • Other achievements: recognized as a Healthy High Rise Building by the American Cancer Society

Find out how your green project can win Best in Green in the newly announced NAHB Green Awards here: www.nahb.org/greenawards.

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