Whitney Museum of American Art

Location:New York, NY
Architect:Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Client:The Whitney Museum of American Art

Vidaris collaborated closely with Renzo Piano Workshop, Cooper Robertson, and JBB to impart sustainable features to this remarkable museum. Vidaris performed LEED/Green consulting as well as Energy /CFD consulting for: LEED, Local Law 86, Energy Code compliance, NYSERDA incentives, and to forecast the effect on energy cost of alternative scheduling for opening to the public. Vidaris also performed Enhanced Commissioning, complementing JBB’s work on Fundamental Commissioning.

The building is projected to use 25% less than code in regulated energy (exclusive of vertical transportation, plug loads and kitchen), and 24% lower overall energy use, that includes all energy uses. To meet the city’s high performance energy metric and to save energy, the building features highly insulated facades, clad in pale steel panels, and triple-pane glazing, efficient LED lighting, CO2 sensors with outdoor air modulation, airside and waterside economizer, high efficiency chillers and boilers, and a 75kW cogeneration engine.

Captured storm water feeds the irrigation system and the cooling tower. In insulating the building’s billowing façade, Vidaris performed extensive CFD analyses to protect against moisture condensation within concealed cavities. Ultra-low emitting materials, enhanced outdoor air filtration and a building flush-out prior to occupancy insures both the occupants and artworks are protected from contaminants. Vidaris’ consulting was co-funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.


Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov Photography

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