This development boasts the title of first LEED Platinum Plan Project in the US. Atelier Ten advised the project towards this achievement through careful interpretation and application of the USGBC’s LEED ND pilot program, which emphasizes the importance of improved new urbanism in an existing urban environment.
Comprised of a high-rise residential tower with ground floor retail space, this urban infill development pioneers green building in the heart of the city of New Haven. This project exemplifies how LEED ND integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building.
Early in design, Atelier Ten performed analysis to recommend and test the feasibility of installing a 400-kw fuel cell – a residential first in Connecticut. The fuel cell produces 88% of the project’s annual electrical energy, achieving an energy cost savings of 60% for the development and supplying year-round domestic hot water. Residents will be able to track their own energy use as well as the building as a whole using real time data, via the web.
Efficient HVAC systems in the residential tower, extensive daylighting, and efficient lighting controls were also integrated into the design.