Woodstock Commons – Award winning and affordable
Woodstock Commons, named by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Building Project of the Year for 2013, is a remarkable, intergenerational, clustered development of 53 housing units. It provides affordable housing for seniors, working families and artists. Woodstock Commons was one of the first nine projects in New York State registered in the LEED Neighborhood Development Pilot Program and eligible for gold level certification in the US Green Building Council program. Its construction on an in-fill site behind the Bradley Meadows shopping plaza complements the vitality of the community, bringing more children to the school and more customers for local business owners.
The property taxes and sewer and water fees RUPCO pays adds much needed revenue to the town and its taxing districts. The construction site is less than 1/3 of the area of the 28 acre land parcel. The remainder of that parcel will remain forested and protected and features nature and interpretive trails available to everyone who lives in, works at or visits the site.
The non-smoking apartments were completed with geo-thermal construction making them very comfortable in both summer and winter yet very inexpensive to heat and cool. No fossil fuels are used on the site, except for those in the back-up generator installed for emergencies. The system eliminates the use of 20-25,000 gallons of home heating fuel per year.
Green Design and LEED Certification Mean Better Homes
These green affordable homes are among the first proposed in New York to be certified in the LEED for Homes New Construction (NC) program. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The point based system was developed and is administered by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to encourage and recognize buildings that have a minimal impact on our natural resources and a positive impact on the health of occupants. In addition to meeting all regulatory requirements, the selection and use of durable, recycled or renewable materials for construction, indoor air quality, energy efficient heating and cooling, low impact site development – to name just some categories – will conform to LEED standards. RUPCO has been a member of the USGBC since 2007. For more about LEED, visit USGBC at www.usgbc.org.
In addition, Woodstock Commons participation in the LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Pilot Program expands the green building certification to incorporate sustainable elements into neighborhood design. To qualify, housing must integrate principles of smart growth with the most important green building practices. Increasingly, the USGBC programs have become the industry standard for municipalities and developers of affordable housing.
Lastly, the homes at Woodstock Commons are certified energy-efficient under the New York ENERGY STAR program. New York ENERGY STAR homes must pass a stringent evaluation, including computer-based energy analysis, inspections, and certification testing. Only those homes that meet high-efficiency standards are certified as New York ENERGY STAR. The New York Energy $mart Multifamily Performance Program harnesses the latest in building science technology and applies it specifically to our building’s design and daily operation. Using a partner network, made up of engineers, energy consultants, and other industry professionals, the Multifamily Performance Program uses a customized approach to address the specific energy and operational needs of your building, with a goal of energy efficiency that is 30% or greater than that required by the NYS Energy Conservation Code.
For eligibility requirements and an application for this property please feel free to contact our offices at 845-331-2140 or download RUPCO’s Universal Rental Application here.