The Solaire in Battery Park City

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:41 pm

The Solaire in New York City was the first high-rise residential structure in the U.S. to receive LEED Gold certification. Rainwater from the building’s roof is collected in a 10,000 gallon cistern located in the basement and treated along with effluent from its 25,000 gallon wastewater treatment plant. Combined reuse water is used for toilet flushing, cooling system water and irrigation water for two green roofs on the building. In conjunction with water efficient appliances installed in the building, the cistern system and blackwater reuse system decreased the building’s potable water use by 48 percent and wastewater discharge by 56 percent over conventional construction.

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