Project
Baccarat Hotel and Residences
Location: New York, NY
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Services: Green
Commissioning
Energy
Property: Hospitality
Residential
LEED: LEED NC Gold Pursued
Size: Approximately 1.1 Million

This 50 story building has 9 hotel floors with 113 rooms and 32 residential floors with 60 apartments. Various amenities distributed on the lower 3 floors include a restaurant, a crystal pavilion bar, spa, and fitness and aqua centers.  The building also houses a branch of the New York Public Library occupying the first cellar floor and portions of the ground and second cellar floors.  Vidaris is working with the ownership design and construction team to provide LEED consulting, energy modeling, commissioning, and blower door testing on this new construction project.

The design includes furniture, fixtures, and equipment of the highest quality to reflect the prestige and heritage of the Baccarat brand.  Low-flow water fixtures capable of meeting high-end performance as well as aesthetic requirements were provided in the hotel, residential, and spa areas.  Construction materials were specified with recycled content and products were sourced locally to ensure project material goals were met.  Interior products were also specified with limits on volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) to ensure a high level of indoor air quality.  The library and restaurant spaces, to be built by third parties, will be directed by green tenant guidelines provided by Vidaris.  These guidelines will instruct those teams on how to best benefit from building-wide sustainable measures and provide guidance on how to achieve green building goals within those spaces that are consistent with the building overall goals. 

The energy analyses considered a broad range of measures, and judged them according to criteria of environmental effectiveness, usability, maintenance and contribution to (or detraction from) the enjoyment of the guests and of those from other buildings in vicinity, as well as cost effectiveness. The final items include Energy Star appliances in the residential apartments, occupancy sensors in most back-of-house spaces, premium efficiency motors, energy recovery wheel on the make-up outside air AHUs serving the hotel and residential floors corridors, heat recovery for heating the pool make-up water during the cooling season, high efficiency boilers, chillers, cooling tower and service hot water heaters, regenerative braking elevators.

The Proposed Design is estimated to perform 13 % better than the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 Appendix G.  Vidaris' consulting is co-funded by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority under the New Construction Program.