The solar panel and green roof-topped Solaire has made a name for itself as a Manhattan residential tower that offers up even more eco-goodness on the inside. The LEED Gold luxury tower, designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates (now Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects), was one of the first such residential buildings in the US, and sits downtown right on the edge of the Hudson River. Residents enjoy high-quality indoor air, energy- and water-efficient systems and easy access to the subway, ferries, parks and all that NYC has to offer.
The Solaire is a 27-story luxury rental building in Battery Park located at 20 River Terrace next to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Developed by The Albanese Organization, the eco-tower was the first high-rise residential building in the United States to be awarded LEED certification. Completed in 2003, The Solaire was built to be 35% more energy-efficient than code, and actually uses 67% less energy than similarly-sized buildings during peak times.
Residents of The Solaire enjoy access to an indoor bike storage, on-site fitness center, children’s playroom and rooftop garden. The green roof provides extra insulation for the building and helps reduce urban heat island effect and absorb rainwater. Inside, the one, two, and three bedroom apartments enjoy views of the city and river, high indoor air quality, energy-efficient appliances and filtered water. The exterior features building integrated photovoltaics to provide some electricity for residents and a building management system controls helps to maximize energy efficiency.
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