The Albanese Organization of Garden City, New York has recently announced that its latest green residential development, The Visionaire, has received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, marking it as the greenest residential condominium in the United States and the only LEED Platinum condominium on the east coast.
Located in Manhattan’s Battery Park City, The Visionaire offers energy savings of more than 40 percent and captured all 10 of the energy LEED optimization credits available by featuring a high-efficiency air filtration system that conditions, filters and supplies fresh air to each home, a water treatment system that recycles water and provides make-up water for HVAC system cooling tower.
The 35-story curved-glass-façade development was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven, Connecticut and contains 247 homes that each include Forest Stewardship Council certified wood flooring which promotes forest re-growth, renewable bamboo cabinetry, Energy Star appliances, environmentally safe paints, adhesives and sealants. Additional sustainable elements include a rooftop garden, building-integrated solar panels and a central heating and cooling system powered by natural gas.
“With the Visionaire, the Albanese Organization has exceeded expectations and set a new standard for green development in Battery Park City, New York and the entire country,” said James F. Gill, chairman of Battery Park City Authority.
In addition to The Visionaire, The Albanese Organization also completed two other Battery Park City developments including the first green residential building in North America, The Solaire, in 2003 and America’s first LEED Platinum residential high-rise, The Versidian, in 2006.