Henry Street Settlement’s Historic Buildings are Going Green

Photo credit: Henry Street Settlement.

Henry Street Settlement’s historic headquarters is now at the center of a demonstration project to prove that landmarked buildings in New York City can become energy efficient.

Yesterday, the heads of the Municipal Art Society and the Landmarks Preservation Commission came to 263-276 Henry Street, the site of the organization’s three 1830, Federal-style row houses.

They announced details of the program, which has a goal of reducing Henry Street’s energy consumption by at least 25%. First off, engineers will explore inexpensive steps, such as installing thermostatic and lighting control, retro commissioning, and weatherization. Later on, other strategies, including renewable energy (possibly solar technologies) will be implemented.  This summer, a group of experts in architecture, engineering, green building and mechanical systems will gather in a weekend workshop to come up with other creative solutions.

You can read more about the program on Henry Street’s web site.