Location:Brooklyn, NY
Architect:Purcell Architects
Client:New York City School Construction Authority
LEED:NYC SCA Green Guidelines

The PS 8K Brooklyn project consists of an 18,000 sq. ft. addition as well as alterations to the existing space. Located in the heart of historic Brooklyn Heights, the addition replaces a parking lot area and will provide a gymnasium, auditorium and classrooms. The site still maintains an outdoor recreation area for a student playground. The building’s brick façade is designed to mirror the historic Neo-Federal style of the existing school.

For this project, the existing steam boilers will be used to create hot water to serve the addition and Vidaris has performed analysis to confirm the school will still achieve a total energy cost savings in excess of 20% over ASHRAE 90.1-2004 and meets the energy cost reduction requirement of LL 86.

The following measures are included in the design:

  • Thermally improved envelope (walls, roof, windows)
  • highly efficient lighting (with reduced lighting power densities)
  • Daylight dimming controls in perimeter instructional spaces
  • Occupancy sensors in offices, instructional spaces and storage rooms
  • Outside air modulation with CO2 sensors on AHU serving gymnasium
  • Heat recovery via heat pipe on AHUs serving auditorium and gymnasium
  • Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels (50 kW capacity, 39,048 kWh annual output)

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