2013 Finalist

Who led the charge



Ryan Merkin                          Senior Vice President, Director of Multifamily Energy Services
Steven Winter Associates

Ryan Merkin was fortunate enough to work with the Arker Companies and a great team on another successful deep energy retrofit. Little did we know at the time the important link between an energy audit and resiliency.

Seaside Plaza Apartments, Staten Island, NY
Residential Building - 231,375 sq. ft.

In the fall of 2010, Steven Winter Associates, was challenged with the task of significantly reducing energy consumption at this master-metered complex. Located just south of the Verrazano Bridge and within 1,000 feet of the shoreline (and subsequent flooding from Sandy), the project underwent a deep energy retrofit including the installation of cogeneration with automatic backup power. Fortunately the complex did not lose grid power in the days following the storm however; had grid power gone down, the automatic backup capability of the cogeneration unit would have kept the building operational with essential services including heat and hot water.

Final results of the retrofit show significant source energy reduction, mainly due to electricity offset from the cogeneration unit and reduced electricity. Insulation and tightening of the building envelope, a vastly improved control system, and low-flow fixtures also led to reductions in heating and domestic hot water.

Allan Arker | President, The Arker Companies
Ariel Aufgang | Architect, Aufgang + Subotovsky Architecture and Planning
Greg Giampolo | Principal, All Systems Cogeneration
Hamid Lekic | Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates
Daniel Moritz | Principal, The Arker Companies

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