Sustainability

As a part of its commitments to the community, NYU is implementing sustainability initiatives that support water conservation, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction.

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Building Energy Consultant

Overview: NYU will hire a qualified building energy consultant to report on the energy efficiency measures for each new building, ensuring that the construction and usage plans will result in at least 10% less energy consumption than the standards set forth in either state or city energy codes. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.3 (d)(i)(B), page 50.

Current Status: The building energy consultant will be hired as a part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building, prior to receipt of a building permit.

Efficient Maintenance and Operations

Overview: NYU will use alternative fuels and efficient vehicles for the maintenance and operation of 181 Mercer Street. For further reference, please read Restrictive Declaration section 4.3 (d)(i)(D)(iii), page 52.

Current Status: NYU will include efficient maintenance and operations as part of the design/construction due diligence process for each building.

Emissions Reduction

Overview: NYU will collaborate with the Department of City Planning to switch the fuel in the central heating plant to natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil, or to an alternative fuel that will result in the same or lower emissions, before the occupation of 181 Mercer Street. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.2, page 42.

Current Status: NYU will switch fuels prior to the occupation of 181 Mercer Street. Planning for this switch is underway.

Energy Efficiency

Overview: NYU will implement and incorporate energy efficiency measures in all new buildings, including high efficiency HVAC systems, high-albedo roofing materials, window glazing, motion sensors, and Energy Star appliances. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.3 (d)(i), pages 49-50.

Current Status: Energy efficiency measures will be part of the design/construction due diligence and LEED Silver planning process for each building.

LEED Certification

Overview: NYU will use reasonable and good faith effort to obtain LEED Silver Certification for 181 Mercer Street. NYU will collaborate with the US Green Building Council. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.3, page 44.

Current Status: 181 Mercer Street will incorporate many sustainable design features. Planning for these features is underway.

Storm Water BMP

Overview: NYU will develop and implement one or more plans incorporating best management practices to reduce the rate of peak discharge to the combined sewer system on the superblocks. NYU will work with the Department of Environmental Protection on this project. For further reference please review the Restrictive Declaration section 4.3, page 48.

Current Status: Stormwater BMP planning is underway. NYU will submit best management plans to the Department of Environmental Protection for the 181 Mercer Street project.

Water Conservation

Overview: NYU will implement water conservation strategies and install measures such as low-flow toilets and faucets in order to arrive at 20 percent less than baseline water usage for 181 Mercer Street. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.3 (c), page 49.

Current Status: Water conservation will be part of the design/construction due diligence and LEED Silver planning process for 181 Mercer Street.

Boiler Stack Locations

Overview: NYU will locate the boiler stacks for new buildings on the southern superblock away from neighboring facilities. For the southern portion of 181 Mercer Street , the boiler stacks will be at least 30 feet from any potential rooftop playgrounds and at least 128 feet away from 505 LaGuardia. The stack locations in 181 Mercer Street will adhere to Restrictive Declaration requirements. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.2 (a), page 42.

Current Status: Siting of the boiler stacks for 181 Mercer Street is being factored into the building design process.  

CoGen Tie-In

Overview: For greater energy efficiency, the northern portion of 181 Mercer Street will be connected to NYU's cogeneration power plant. For further reference, please review Restrictive Declaration section 4.2 (a), page 42.

Current Status: Co-gen tie-in planning is underway for 181 Mercer Street.