OCV Architects is Making a Better New York By Bringing LEED Silver Standards to Supportive Housing in the Bronx

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OCV Architects is creating a supportive housing breakthrough in Fox Point, a low income housing residence (sponsored by Palladia, Inc.), by bringing sustainable design in low income housing up to US Green Building Council LEED standards. OCV Architects is a proud member of the USGBC.

CV Architects. FOX POINT is 48 units of studios, one and two bedroom apartments and support facilities in 55,000 square feet of light and airy architecture. The new building envelope and engineering systems employ high-performance, sustainable design as a healthy background for living. The architecture is focused on being inviting and efficient, with every advantage of the natural light to realize both. The design also responds to the special typography of the site, with steps and levels of living space and green space. This not only makes for multiple 'green roof' and garden areas for the tenants to enjoy, they also help manage water, temperature, costs and impact of the building. Qualifying tenants are given affordable homes and access to a variety of social services on site. For those formerly homeless residents, HUD subsidizes their rent through HUD's Care +Shelter Program.

This project is registered for LEED silver accreditation, employing many of the opportunities for low impact development outlined by the USGBC. Through these sustainable materials and systems, Fox Point is housing with long-term viability in mind, reducing the need for future repair and prohibitive operational costs, and thereby protecting the project as an investment in affordable housing -- making a better New York.

Among these sustainable design systems featured at Fox Point is the use of a highly innovative micro turbine -- a highly efficient generator that recovers and reuses the wasted energy and heat produced by the conventional systems it piggybacks on. The energy recovered is reused for heat, light and other building operations, significantly supplementing the energy provided by utilities. City buildings create 79% of New York City's greenhouse gas emission, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has identified micro turbines as part of the solution to our great city's high fossil fuel impact. Micro turbines expend sustainable energy that is 70-80% usable (where as only 35% of a power plants expended energy is usable).

Founding partner at OCV Architects, Richard Vitto RA AP knows from over three decades of experience that LEED establishes a high standard for future development, but not one we should shy away from. For affordable housing it creates a building and an environment that serve the population most in need of these benefits.

Download a brochure of Fox Point from OCV Architects here.

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