Inspired by Mayor Bloomberg's goal to reduce New York City's carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030, the city will unveil their first self-powered residential building.
The Delta, designed by Voltaic Solaire is a renovated 19-century apartment building located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. According to reports, the 7,000 square-foot structure consists of six units including a grand triplex apartment, studio, as well as retail and restaurant storefront.
The elaborate solar roof and awning generate an impressive 18,000 kilowatt hours of energy throughout the year - enough to power the entire building unit. The $1 million dollar building renovations also qualify the structure for the Empowerment Zone, a U.S. Department of Energy's Rooftop Solar Challenge that encourages communities to incorporate solar energy.
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Other ground breaking features include the the solar skin that yields a remarkable 10.3 KW, the solar thermal system that creates 140,000 BTU's and the vertical axis wind turbine that generates 600W of power without any noise pollution. A variety of select green materials were also utilized throughout the building process including recycled aggregate cement and bricks.
The Delta hopes to represent the future of city living and inspire other neighborhoods to develop and adapt to more energy-efficient standards.