Greenhouse 26 hotel

About this project

Prior to the Great Recession, this project was projected to be the first Green hotel in NYC, and as such was featured in numerous publications.  Each hotel room has its own private balcony and bathroom.  The owners are applied for the NYSERDA program for energy conservation incentives from NY State.  The design targeted LEED Gold certification for design and LEED Gold certification for final construction.  The hotel marketing and operating parties also pursued LEED status under the LEED Existing Building program, which involved green products and methods for ongoing building maintenance and operation, including the use of recycled materials for hotel sundries, hygiene product dispensers within the rooms, environmentally friendly household chemicals and housekeeping, and a building-wide water conservation program.

Green systems and design items also included:

  • Variable frequency drives for air handling units and pumps
  • Low-E or improved glazing on windows, possible use of fiberglass frames
  • Heat recovery via heat exchanger from exhaust to fresh air intake
  • Occupancy sensors for lighting in hotel rooms
  • Bi-level lighting in common egress corridors and stairways
  • CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lights) throughout
  • Premium efficiency motors
  • Occupancy system for remote control of individual rooms
  • Direct drive elevator with regenerative breaking
  • Green roof
  • Geothermal ground source heating and cooling
  • Thermal break in structural concrete for balconies
  • High efficiency heat pumps
  • Peak Demand Reduction via the required emergency generator
  • Use of Green materials for interior finishes throughout the hotel
  • Alternative transportation promotions, offering a metro card purchasing service and subway/bus system maps, offering a low-emitting/hybrid car service for guests who need it through OZOcar or the like, offering promotions through the adjacent bicycle shop and pedi-cab services
  • Green Energy supplied through local utilities


Date:  March 9, 2007
Skills:  Commercial, New Construction