Jamaica, NY (November 26, 2014)-Norman Towers, which officially opened last month, is a private public collaboration that focused on energy efficient technologies in providing needed housing and commercial space to the area. The two nine-story buildings located at 90-11 160th Street and 90-14 161st Street, Jamaica, Queens comprise 101 residential units with 9,836 sq ft for commercial.
Project developer The Bluestone Organization’s initiative to protect the environment envisioned two resilient, sustainable, and comfortable buildings with reduced operating costs. Both buildings have green roof gardens to reduce storm water run-off and keeps the building cooler in warm weather. There are solar panels mounted on the rooftop to lower the overall carbon footprint. Architecture firm GF55 Partners utilized an air tight advanced building envelope resulting in reduced heating and cooling loads, quieter interiors, and a highly resilient structure. Low draft awning windows with low emissivity glass were used to help maintain interior temperature and reduce street noise. A cogeneration system which simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat, provide efficient on site electricity and hot water.
“It was great working with an environmentally ambitious team that wanted to add value to the buildings by implementing green features,” said Partner David E. Gross AIA. “Norman Towers will have a great impact using less energy, benefitting the tenants and the environment.”
The buildings also use advanced quiet and energy efficient air source heat pump system for central air/heating. Each unit has 100% ENERGY STAR® rated lighting and appliances to reduce electricity costs. To help reduce water consumption, low flow water fixtures are used throughout the buildings.
This project was won in a competition in 2005 sponsored by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a community-building organization that aims to revitalize the Jamaica region. Rental units in Norman Towers are affordable to tenants with incomes from 40%-130% area median income, and range from studio to two bedroom apartments.