3365 Third Avenue is a USGBC LEED Homes Awards Recipient in the Outstanding Affordable Project Category
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) project, 3365 Third Avenue, is a LEED Homes Award winner in the Outstanding Affordable Project category. SWA provided certification consulting, as well as several other services for this laudable residential development project. The LEED for Homes Awards program recognizes LEED-certified residential projects that are positively impacting communities through sustainable, healthy and resilient design, as well as the builders and developers helping to advance green home building. Awardees represent innovative multifamily, single family and affordable housing projects from around the world.
SWA worked closely with Bronx Pro Group (developer), Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, and the rest of the project team to design 3365 Third Avenue for Passive House PHIUS+ and LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise Platinum. The innovative eight-story, mixed-use development comprises thirty units of affordable rental housing and an Early Development Center.
Energy efficient design features include a robust and air-tight insulated concrete form (ICF) envelope, electrically operated heat pumps, and Passive House air-tight windows. The project has an impressive solar PV array on steel dunnage, which allowed for greater roof coverage and more installed panels. In addition to the solar array, a green roof installed at residential floor terraces and high albedo roofing elsewhere provide functional and aesthetically pleasing design features.
The project team is honored to receive the LEED Homes Award for a building that “pushed innovation in sustainability reducing the buildings carbon footprint and providing improved healthy living for the residents,” says Justin Stein, of Bronx Pro Group.
SWA provided Green Building Certification, Energy Modeling, Tenant and Operations & Maintenance Training, and Energy Code Commissioning Services to the project. Additionally, SWA provided services to support compliance with the accessible design and construction requirements of local, state, and federal laws, including the New York City Building Code.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world with more than 500,000 residential units certified. The number of LEED-certified green homes continue to grow globally with certifications increasing 19% from 2017 to 2019. A LEED-certified home helps lower utility payments by reducing energy and water consumption and provides a healthier indoor environment by improving air quality and using materials that lower people’s exposure to toxins and pollutants. LEED also provides a roadmap for creating high-quality, affordable housing that improves quality of life. Achieving LEED certification is an indication that a home meets the highest sustainability standards.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.