Two Multi-Phase, Solar-Powered Apartment Complexes

Exterior of building
Rotterdam, NY
Friday, August 17, 2018

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW pending; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

This Pro Tour will feature two, large-scale net zero multifamily projects, giving attendees the opportunity to tour one occupied site and one site that is still under-construction. The event, hosted by Black Mountain Architecture, will begin at the NetZero Village, occupied since September 2016. NetZero Village was the first large-scale, net zero apartment complex in New York State. It includes 156 units in 13 buildings plus a clubhouse. Attendees will then travel together by bus to tour the second project, Solara, which will feature 248 units in 11 buildings. Construction for Solara was begun in June 2018.

Site 1: Net Zero Village features:
  • 13 apartment buildings, 156 units total plus clubhouse with fitness center and common space.
  • Very energy and cost efficient building and mechanical design with 0.6 ACH @ 50Pa field-tested air tightness.
  • Passive solar building design with exterior solar shades.
  • Solar thermal on the roof of each building supplies most of the buildings’ hot water.
  • Solar photovoltaic system mounted on carports in front of each buildings provide the buildings' electricity.  Total project PV installation is around 900 kW.
  • 25 EV charging stations for use by tenants at no cost to them.
  • Each building uses roughly 56,000 kilowatt hours per year including heat and hot water; all utilities are included in rent.
  • eGauge energy monitoring system with usage displayed in the lobby of each building.
  • NYSERDA Low-rise Residential New Construction Program Tier III, EPA ENERGY STAR Homes,  Indoor airPLUS.
 
Site 2: Solara features:
  • 11 apartment buildings, to be built in 3 phases with 248 units total including a clubhouse.
  • Buildings include elevators and double loaded corridors.
  • 3 buildings under construction now; will be able to observe buildings in various stages of construction.
  • Very energy and cost efficient building and mechanical design with 0.6 ACH @ 50Pa tested air tightness target.
  • Passive solar building design with exterior solar shades.
  • Solar thermal system with backup air-to-water heat pump.
  • Solar photovoltaic system mounted on carports.
  • EV charging stations.
  • Master building controller to include smart ventilation strategies.
  • NYSERDA Low-rise Residential New Construction Program Tier III, EPA ENERGY STAR Homes v3.1.

Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:05 PM

Overview of the projects by the hosting team

2:00 PM

Tour of first site begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:15 PM

Group travels by bus to second project site

3:20 PM

Tour of second site begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

4:10 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:20 PM

Networking during reception. Snacks provided.

4:30 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project teams

5:00 PM

Event Concludes

 

If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at fmacgregor@nesea.org or 413-774-6051 x10.

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