Watkins Glen, New York, apartment building earns LEED for Homes Silver Certification

Watkins Glen, New York, apartment building earns LEED for Homes Silver Certification

Former middle school converted into apartments for low-income seniors.

April 7, 2016
CDR Staff
Green Building

Sustainable Comfort Inc. (SCI), Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced the award of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Silver Certification to the Watkins Glen School Senior Apartments in Watkins Glen, New York codeveloped by SEPP Inc. of Binghamton, New York, and Two Plus Four Construction of East Syracuse, New York, who was also the builder on the project. SCI acted as the green building verification consultant for the project, and the architect was BCK-IBI Group of Binghamton, New York.

Formerly the Watkins Glen Middle School, the 51 converted units are available to residents 55 and older with incomes up to 80 percent of the average median income. The 88,549 square foot project still has elements of the school in place, and the old gymnasium and auditorium are now a civic center for the community to hold events.
Several factors that supported the LEED for Homes Silver Certification include reuse of an existing brick building, airtight construction, efficient heating and hot water systems, convenient proximity to local services, and green construction materials. A healthy indoor environment, pollution reduction and lower utility and maintenance costs are also features of this LEED certification. This highly efficient affordable housing is expected to reduce water and energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent over typical code compliant construction, while reusing a historic component of the town.

The $12.5 million Watkins Glen School project received a $3.8 million grant from NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a $95 million program for affordable housing projects. The project also received $900,000 as part of the 2013 Regional Council Consolidation Funding from the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. SCI helped the project receive $128,500 in incentive funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) by pursuing the Energy $mart Homes designation.

“I want to congratulate the project team on LEED for Homes Silver certification. This is quite the accomplishment for a historic renovation and demonstrates a commitment to sustainable building and practices,” remarked Albert LaValley, president of sustainable comfort inc.

SCI is a green building and energy efficiency consulting firm with expertise in multifamily housing. SCI specializes in LEED for Homes, ENERGY Star Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, Passive House, HERS Rating, State Incentive Programs, and Code Compliance. The firm is also involved with the property management and development of multifamily buildings. Find out more by visiting www.greenrater.com.