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SNEAK PEEK: See Inside the Delta, NYC’s Very First Self-Powered Building

by , 07/22/12

Voltaic Solaire, Park Slope, Solar powered home, off the grid home NYC, Maybor Bloomberg, PlayNYC, Empowerment Zone, vertical wind turbine, first self-powered building in nyc, self-powered building,The third floor of the triplex is very unusual – it’s a combined bathroom/bedroom.

Inside, the Delta is actually set up as two separate homes. A 345 sq. ft. studio apartment with a combined kitchen, sleeping area and dining area occupies the second floor and the third, fourth and fifth floors comprise a triplex residence. For more photos and details of the interiors, which have been hooked up with transforming furniture, recycled materials, IKEA furniture, Samsung electronics, Sharp appliances, and lots built-in storage, click through our photo gallery.

If you’re interested in seeing what its like to live in NYC’s first self-powered home, you’ll have the opportunity to do so starting next month, when it will be opened as a bed and breakfast to showcase Voltaic Solaire’s ethos of philanthropy and sustainability. “The units will be available late-August for daily rental, at the rate of $150-200 for the studio and $275-350 for the triplex,” Mark Robinson, COO of Voltaic Solaire, told us.

For more photos of the Delta’s interior finishes, power-generating tech and views of downtown Manhattan, don’t forget to click through our photo gallery.

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  1. BklynGuide July 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Excuse me, but as someone who lives in the real world of New York, why would any tenant pay more that minimal rent for an apartment with half a kitchen, an obviously creaky folding stairway, and above all a commanding view of the 24/7 traffic jam known as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway? The three words every New York real estate agent loves most are “Location, Location, Location.” This site misses on all three points. How does breathing truck fumes all day qualify as “green living”?

    If the developers had really wanted to test their model in New York, they would have sought a site — the Meat-Packing District, for instance — where their investment would have been much larger but the rewards even greater. Get a celebrity to buy a self-sufficient penthouse for several million dollars at a prominent address and your model is proven. (I am assuming luxury finishes and full compliance with the building code.)

    Build an awkward apartment at an undesirable address and you will loose money, building code or no. The only people who would even consider this building are unlikely to meet the landlord’s financial standards. People want a comfortable, pleasant place to live, with peace, clean air, and easy access to public transit. Energy-efficiency is always a great idea, but it’s never a deal-maker.