Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Develop Environmental Guidelines for Battery Park(ST6160-1)

Fox & Fowle, Architects


In 1976, 92 acres of landfill were secured by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). The development of this site is directed by BPCA according to design guidelines that ensure the creation of cohesive neighborhoods. These guidelines contain provisions regarding massing, fenestration, and materials. However, the guidelines do not have provisions regarding building performance and environmental responsibility from developers. BPCA would like to develop a new set of guidelines for multifamily high-rise buildings that will raise the environmental consciousness of developers who propose future projects.

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Project Description

Under the project, Fox and Fowle, Architects reviewed and evaluated existing resource-efficient building guidelines, as well as conducted a brainstorming session with a project advisory committee to establish the content, format, and dissemination strategies for the new guidelines. The Fox and Fowle also prepared draft guidelines and circulated them to the project advisory committee for comments and inputs, as well as prepared and printed the final guidelines.


The guidelines will require specific energy goals that exceed current American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) requirements and that each new building project will have detailed computer-based energy analysis performed. The guidelines will also promote the use of products with high recycled content and low or zero volatile organic compound emissions.

Project Results

The guidelines will require new multifamily buildings developed at Battery Park City to exceed the New York State Energy Code by 30%, and to use Energy Star appliances, where applicable. The guidelines will require the capability to use graywater for flushing toilets, landscape irrigation, and cooling tower make-up. Recycling of a minimum of 60% of the waste generated during construction is also required. BPCA is expecting to use the guidelines in future projects at Battery Park City. Guidelines were featured at a special exhibition of "Ten Shades of Green," a traveling architecture show sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.


Fox & Fowle, Architects
22 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

Principle Investigator

Peter Weingarten

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Building Construction Methods

NYSERDA Contact Information

Robert Carver


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST6160-1

Last Updated: 9/5/2012 1