Going home after a long day should feel like a breath of fresh air, which is exactly what residents of The Citizen in Chelsea will inhale as soon as they step inside their doors. The 16-story condo building, designed by BKSK Architects and developed by Anbau, recently achieved LEED Gold-NC certification for its outstanding indoor air quality, high performance, and reduced energy usage. The open and airy residences promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle through features like MERV-13 level filtration, a green cleaning program, and low to zero-VOC finishes.
Every design detail of the Citizen, from its exterior envelope to its carefully placed entries and janitorial spaces, ensures a green lifestyle. The building facade reinterprets the Chelsea neighborhood’s rich heritage with insulated concrete masonry units and high performance insulating laminated glass. These materials enhance the thermal performance while protecting against noise pollution coming from the bustling street below.
Inside, the designers collaborated with Triton Construction to create an IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) management plan. The building has MERV-13 level filtration to reduce exposure to air pollutants, a standard high enough for hospitals and general surgery rooms. It also extracts heat energy from the indoor air through a heat recovery ventilation system, reducing tenant heating and energy usage. All finishes are low- to zero-VOC. A green cleaning program was also successfully implemented in order to further guarantee ideal air quality.
And finally, an added bonus, the developer offset the project’s electrical load with renewable energy investments for two years.