KevinOConnor-GuyKempe-ChuckSnyder300x214At the 2016 ACI New York Regional Home Performance Conference in Saratoga Springs, NYSERDA honored The Lace Mill with its Low-rise Residential New Construction Program Trailblazing Project Award. Each year, NYSERDA recognizes projects of merit incorporating innovative approaches to energy efficiency, usage, and application. Projects recognized have effectively demonstrated an Integration of Advanced Solutions to achieve High Performance in the Low-rise Residential New Construction Program in 2014/2015.

Four projects received awards. The Lace Mill is an historic and adaptive re-use of an industrial property originally constructed in 1903 which created 55 affordable rental units, preferenced for artists.  It was built utilizing water-to-air heat pumps, Energy Recovery Ventilation, Condensing Boiler with a Cooling Tower, and precision air-sealing techniques. Worthy of The Trailblazer, The Lace Mill hosts Kingston’s largest solar array (160kW) which net-meters rooftop solar-electricity production against the building’s common area energy usage. RUPCO also incorporated extensive building science in addressing energy-efficiency measures while adapting the century-old building to residential space and adhering to strict historic preservation requirements.

Additional award recipients included

  • netZero Village, the first phase of a two-phase project, with 72 units completed.  It was built utilizing Passive House design principles, Air Source Heat Pumps, passive ventilation, as well as Solar Electric and Solar Thermal.
  • Tilly Lofts,  a gut rehab of a Ladder Factory which created 62 luxury apartments.  It was built using industry leading technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps, Combined Heat & Power for hot water and electric generation, heat recovery ventilation and Solar Electric.
  • 951 Pacific Street,  a new construction project comprised of a 3-unit building Passive House Institute US Certified.  It has a super-insulated air-tight shell, German engineered R9 triple pane windows, Energy recovery ventilation, and ductless mini split Heat pumps for heating and cooling.

Pictured above are RUPCO’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin O’Connor, VP of Community Development Guy Kempe, and Director of Construction Chuck Snyder.