Motor Parkway Plaza to open its doors on June 30th!
Story by: Karla Fisk LEED AP
Edited by: Leanna Kirschen & Brittany Hotzler
The grand opening of Motor Parkway Plaza - Long Island’s “Greenest” combination retail and commercial office facility - will be held on Thursday, June 30, at noon in Happaugue. Principals of United Realty will welcome government leaders, the United States Green Building Council – Long Island Chapter representatives, business leaders from Hauppauge Industrial Association, LIPA, tenants and many other community members to take part in a ceremonial “Green” Ribbon Cutting. The green ribbon is symbolic of the sustainable building elements of this modern multiuse complex. Following the ceremony, a reception and guided tours of the plaza’s unique and green construction features will take place. It is anticipated that the Motor Parkway Plaza will receive LEED Silver Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is the United States Green Building Council’s internationally recognized green building certification system.
“The architectural design of the Motor Parkway Plaza demonstrates our intent to construct an aesthetically appealing and environmentally conscious multiuse complex suited for shops, offices and restaurants. The green building and high-tech Solyndra solar array make this property unique and inviting for retail and office tenants, shoppers, and restaurant patrons. National brands including Subway, FedEx, and Dunkin’ Donuts have already become tenants and have selected this site in part because of our sustainable building and energy-efficient approach and design,” said David Abel, SIOR and President of United Realty.
The plaza site is located on Motor Parkway on land that once contained a section of the historic Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, dating back in Long Island history to the early 1900s when The Vanderbilt Cup races were popular. Among the notable LEED features of the complex are materials derived from the remains of the old Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. Three old building foundations at the site were also recycled into materials used to construct the new state-of-the-art complex.
One of the project’s impressive features is its use of 406 Solyndra photo voltaic (PV) modules. This high-tech tubular-shaped solar array provides 25 percent of the required electrical needs for the interior and exterior common areas and office space. The solar array sits on top of a bright white, high albedo Carlisle SynTec roof, capable of reflecting eighty-eight percent (88%) of the sunlight. The unique design reduces ambient heat retained by dark man-made surfaces, keeps the building cooler, increases sunlight reflected off the roof and converts more sunlight into electricity via the Solyndra Solar PV system. In addition, the materials used in the interior have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often found in paints, finishes, carpets, wall paneling and sealants.
The Motor Parkway Plaza is an example of the progress being made to advance green building on Long Island. Government, business and community leaders recognize the value in sustainable construction to achieve energy efficiency, a healthier environment, and protection of energy resources. This project is an example of the path that government officials, USGBC–LI and business groups eagerly endorse as Long Islanders look to improve economic vitality and their quality of life.
For more information about the Motor Parkway Plaza, visit www.motorparkwayplaza.com; for information about leasing, contact Gary Joel Schacker or call (631) 421-1000.
Powered by the sun
Solar chargers from Solio come with a variety of cables and tips to allow you to easily charge all of your devices from cell phones to cameras. The chargers collect energy from the sun, and then plug directly into all of your portable electronics.
The Solio Mono Hybrid Charger takes about 10 hours to charge directly through sunlight, with peak charging times between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The charger is compatible with many phone models, as well as digital cameras and other portable electronics.
Kill A Watt
The first step in lowering your energy use is determining how much each appliance uses in the first place. Plug your appliances into the Kill A Watt, and an easy-to-read meter will tell you how much energy is being used.
You can use this information to determine if it’s time to use the appliance less or even upgrade to a more efficient model. For information about the most efficient models on the market, check out appliance ratings at Energy Star.
Almost as good as hanging it out to dry
You’ll find when you test your appliances that your dryer is one of the greediest energy consumers in the house. Your first option, especially during the summer months, is to hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes dryer. Yes, it’s decidedly low-tech, but probably one of the greenest devices you can use during the summer months.
If you don’t have the access or time to make this possible, consider purchasing Nellie’s Dryerballs, which can reduce your drying time by up to 25 percent.
Voltaic Unveils a Solar Charger Case for the Eco-Minded iPad User
Since they were first released last year, iPads have become extremely popular all over the world. But for the owners who may worry about a loss of power in transit, these iPad enthusiasts can rest assured that their devices will continue on without fail with Voltaic System’s new solar charger – the Spark Solar Tablet Case.
The solar tablet case would provide one hour of iPad video playback for every hour in direct sunlight. In periods of zero sunlight, the tablet case has an internal battery that can store enough solar energy to fully recharge an iPad. Alternatively, it can be charged via a main socket.
As well as the iPad, the Spark Solar Tablet Case is also capable of charging other tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, the Blackberry Playbook and the T-Mobile G-Slate.
“Voltaic set out to design a lightweight case that could charge a tablet quickly, but also match the sleekness and simplicity of the many of the tablets,” said Shayne McQuade, CEO of Voltaic Systems. “The Spark Solar Tablet Case is a powerful and compact way to carry and charge an iPad.”
The Spark Solar Tablet Case is equipped with four two-Watt solar panels allowing for the most efficient solar charge time possible, given the surface area of the case. The tablet case uses high-efficiency monocristalline cells which are encased in a clear, UV and scratch resistant coating. The entire case is also waterproof and built to withstand the abuse of everyday use. The case’s green credentials go even further with the waterproof fabric being manufactured from recycled PET.
Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites
"You got pipes that have been buried underground for 30 or 40 years, and they've never been inspected," whistleblower says. Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows...read on
California city to get green prefab housing
Zeta Communities broke ground yesterday on a net-zero housing development in Stockton, Calif., the company announced. The housing community, which will consist of 22 units, is being developed by the nonprofit group Visionary Home Builders of California. Zeta Communities is known for its affordable, green prefab homes that are constructed using sustainable or recyclable materials at its factory in Sacramento, Calif. Building 90 percent of a home in the factory will cut construction time by 70 percent, according to Zeta...Read on
Moving Platforms Could Let Travelers Change Trains While In Motion
There is nothing worse than having to wait an hour or more for your next train. Luckily, leading British transport designers Priestmangoode have revealed a concept for a high-speed train that would allow passengers to transfer from one connection to another while they are in motion, negating the need to stop at a station...read on
Climate Change Could Affect IAQ
In early June, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a report entitled “Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health” which found that climate change could affect indoor environments as buildings seek to become more energy efficient. The report was commissioned by the EPA to summarize the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and health...read on
Boeing To Install Largest Solar Rooftop In U.S.
The largest industrial investment in the history of South Carolina will soon become the home of the largest single rooftop solar array in the United States. Boeing Co., the Seattle-based manufacturer of jetliners, will install approximately ten acres of solar panels on the roof of their $750 million facility in North Charleston, SC. The solar farm will be the sixth largest in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the Southeast...read on
American Airlines Ditches Paper For iPads
American Airlines announced it will be replacing bulky paperwork in the cockpit with the Apple iPad. Subbing the traditional 35-pound paper manuals for the 1.5-pound tablet is expected to save $1.2 million worth of fuel a year.
“By eliminating bulky flight bags filled with paper, (electronic flight bags) mean less weight for pilots to carry, reducing the possibility of injury on duty,” First Officer Hank Putek, a member of the APA Safety Committee, said in a news release. “In addition, they enable pilots to immediately download updates, rather than waiting for paper versions of required documents to be printed and distributed.” Read on
Local Law 84
All buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet are required to submit an annual energy benchmark. We're here to help make it as easy as possible for you to meet this requirement, while putting a valuable financial evaluation tool in your hands.
Building owners and operators are growing more concerned with the upcoming deadline to have their properties properly benchmarked. Professionals in the industry are reporting a sharp increase in the RFQ's for building benchmarking. What surprises most industry professionals is how easily and quickly these buildings can be benchmarked - assuming of course you hire the correct professionals.
Benchmarking is easy-to-do, inexpensive, and accessible. In addition to supporting the requirement, we can provide intuitive monthly reports on your energy usage and spotlight opportunities for energy savings. The first benchmark report is due to the city on May 1, 2011 (grace period instituted, please see below), but there are benefits to starting as soon as possible so that you can take control of your energy usage sooner.
The grace period for penalties only applies for May 1 to August 1, 2011 while owners get used to the new requirements; (however, the city doesn't expect extensions in future years). Russell Unger, Executive Director of the Urban Green Council, sees the extension as a smart move. While some owners have already been benchmarking, for the vast majority, especially residential coops, this is totally new. Given that 16,000 buildings are impacted by the law, and the fact that the final rules were only issued last month, an grace period for the fines will make the transition to the reporting less painful.
Own buildings in New York City? Let us help you comply with NYC's new mandatory benchmarking requirement (Local Law 84).
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