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Shaker Pointe: A Holistic Approach to Wellness

Market: Residential - Community
Type: Senior Housing
Location: Watervliet, NY
Developer/Owner: LECESSE Construction Services
Project Services: Green Building Certification, Sustainability Consulting
Building Size: 1197-1730 sf; 15 units
Certifications: ENERGY STAR™ V3, LEED® for Homes™ Gold
Primary Energy Conservation Measures: R-42 roof & R-27 wall assemblies; R-10 continuous at slab; 96 AFUE gas-fired heating; 13 SEER elec-tric cooling; <20CFM duct leak-age to outside

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet Independent Living Community is a not-for-profit, 55+ independent housing community sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to provide residents with a lively lifestyle through continued intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual growth. The community is made up of various residences and shared spaces that recognize the impact on the environment, the economy, and the health of residents. Having achieved Platinum-level certification on previous development, Shaker Pointe pledged to continue building green through its on-going expansions and additions. The Carriage Residences are made up of 15 luxury apartment units with 5 different floor plans and outdoor porch/patio spaces.

Having partnered with Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) before, LECESSE Construction Services used their sustainable construction experience and the recommendations and our verification services to build the Carriage Residences to a superior level of tightness, durability, and thermal stability. The building envelope is set on a continuously R-10 insulated foundation, with exterior wall assemblies achieving R-27, common walls at R-13, and an R-42 blown cellulose insulated attic. These features help drive down the costs of operating the extremely efficient forced-air furnaces and central air conditioning, providing comfort and programmability to occupants. 95% efficiency instant gas water heaters assure no cold showers for residents and facility owners enjoy an average $900 annual energy cost per unit; including heating, cooling, electricity, and water.