Energy Square

December 8, 2021

facade of building

Energy Square

Kingston, NY

Completed in 2020

Located at 20 Cedar Street in Kingston, this $22 Million development is the first net-zero for living affordable housing development in Upstate New York.

The new five-story building houses 56 mixed-income apartments managed by RUPCO; along with 10,000 square feet of civic and commercial space. The commercial space houses two community-based arts programs, the Center for Creative Education (CCE), and The D.R.A.W. CCE’s mission is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of youth through arts, wellness, and education classes.  The D.R.A.W. program provides arts education programs for people of all ages as well as a youth workforce development art program.


Resident Amenities

• 24-hour emergency maintenance service

• Live-in superintendent

• Energy Star appliances

• Elevator

• On-site laundry facilities

• Community room with WiFi

• Rooftop with outdoor pavilion

• On-site parking

• Proximity to transportation routes, services, and retail

• Handicap accessible

Households must be at or below 80% of area median income to be eligible for this property.

Net-Zero For Living

Energy Square’s Net-Zero for Living innovative design was awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building combines a geothermal ground source heat pump system with a solar PV system to produce enough energy to meet electricity usage for the residential portion of the building, providing additional cost savings to low-income tenants.

More than a Roof

RUPCO, through a collaboration with Family of Woodstock, provides onsite supportive services for formerly homeless youth ages 18 – 25, residing in seven units in the building. The services are funded through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) grant, which provides a rental and operating subsidy to support the youth through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Awards and Recognition

  • LEED Platinum status by US Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • 2020 LEED Homes Outstanding Affordable Project of the year by USGBC.
  • Excellence in Affordable Housing Development in NY by Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Exceptional Implementation of Sustainable Technologies by USGBC Upstate NY
  • “2020 Project of the Year – Upstate Region” by the NYS Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH.)
  • Paul Davidoff Award for Leadership in Housing and Equal Opportunity by The American Planning Association, New York Metro Chapter.


solar panels

people gathering

deck area

The Story of Energy Square