David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City is saving on energy and water costs after a construction retrofit of the public visitors facility, which has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Formerly known as the Harmony Atrium when the space originally opened in 1979, the project was designed for 35 percent less lighting power density as compared to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, said Betsy Vorce, spokeswoman for the Lincoln Center.
As another means of reducing energy use, over 90 percent of applicable equipment is Energy Star rated, Vorce said.
All energy related systems have been commissioned to verify that they perform as intended, and additional commissioning of all systems is planned to take place after 8-10 months of operation, she said.
The building also is designed to reduce water use 20 percent, she said.
During construction, more than 75 percent of demolition and construction waste were diverted from landfills, Vorce said.
Lincoln Center purchased renewable power through Green-e Tradable Certificates to further offset greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by conventional means of energy production.
No incentives for energy efficiency or green construction were received, she said.