In 2013, following a year-long renovation, NYU’s Brittany Hall, located at 55 E. 10th Street, reopened its doors to house 579 first-year students. Now, the data is in. With the intention of creating a healthier, more comfortable environment for our students, including the introduction of air conditioning, Brittany’s renovations resulted in:
in space-heating energy use
in carbon emissions
in operational costs
Through improved temperature controls and cleaner air, the renovations in Brittany Hall not only provide the comforts necessary for students to thrive academically, but have improved building resiliency and cut carbon intensity from 2.8 million lbs per year to 1.6 million lbs per year.
By employing the following strategies, Brittany Hall has been certified as a LEED Silver building, and serves as a model for other NYC buildings seeking to reduce their environmental impact.
- Reduces energy use while creating a more productive environment for students
- Occupancy sensors turn off lights when rooms are empty
- Dampen street noise to keep rooms quiet
- Reduce drafts and improve thermal performance
IN-UNIT HEATING & COOLING
- Improves comfort by giving students control of apartment temperature
- Occupancy sensors limit heating and cooling when rooms are empty
IMPROVED MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
- Condensing boilers and variable speed pumps reduce energy use during mild weather
- Relocation of equipment to the roof increases resiliency in the event of flooding