What makes this a ‘green’ building?

We’ve worked hard to make 210 Hancock a comfortable, durable, and sustainable place to live. The project was designed to be certified under two “green building” programs:

  • the LEED for HOMES program – for general sustainable building, and
  • the Energy Star program – for energy efficiency

Buildings built under these programs are all third party-inspected, performance tested, and certified to be higher-performing than conventional buildings.

210 Hancock also received support from the Enterprise Green Communities program and the NYSERDA Cleaner Greener program, allowing us to include innovative green features such as solar PV on the roof and an Electric Vehicle Charging Station.

The Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program was announced by Governor Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address as a competitive grant program to encourage communities to develop and implement regional sustainable growth strategies. The primary goal of the CGC Program was to encourage communities to create public-private partnerships and develop regional sustainable growth strategies in such areas as emission control, energy efficiency, renewable energy, low-carbon transportation, and other carbon reductions. The 210 Hancock project transformed a an entire city block from two underutilized buildings and a surface parking lot into a mixed-use building with mixed-income housing and community service space, for-rent and for-sale townhomes, and a new bike/pedestrian pathway and playground in place of two underutilized and deteriorated public streets. Because of its sustainable construction and walkable location, 210 Hancock will save an estimated 10,754 therms/year of natural gas, and 217,364 KWh/year in grid electricity, compared to conventional new construction and will reduce vehicle miles traveled per year by an estimated 6,000 miles. The solar array on the roof will generate an estimated 84,727 KWh/year in renewable electricity.

A green building is a building that is built to exceed the minimum requirements of the building code. Special attention is paid to indoor environmental quality and resource efficiency (including energy, water, materials, and land). Buildings built to LEED standards meet the highest performance standards.They are designed to be especially durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

Under the LEED system, buildings receive points for including features that are extra energy efficient, conserve water, preserve indoor air quality, or reduce the amount of natural resources used to build the building. Based on the total number of points received, buildings are certified at one of four levels, from the basic Certified level up to the Platinum level. The 210 Hancock project was constructed to receive a Gold rating, the second highest designation.

More information about the LEED program and green building can be found at: