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Heating and Cooling the Henry Street Settlement

henry street heating cooling systemRecently we conducted a walkthrough at the Henry Street Settlement with Phil Steiner of AltieriSeborWieber consulting engineers to develop a game plan for the eventual replacement of the heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Our energy audits determined that the Settlement’s mechanical systems were inefficient and many of the offices were overheated, resulting in uncomfortable conditions for the staff. (video below). Continue Reading>>

Two MAS Projects Awarded Partners in Preservation Grants

The conservation of the “Rocket Thrower” sculpture and the energy retrofit at the Henry Street Settlement, both MAS partner projects, were awarded Partners in Preservation grants last week.  The projects were two of the 40 finalists of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation in New York City initiative. Partners in Preservation is a competition Continue Reading>>

Lessons from Henry Street: Historic Windows — Repair or Replace?

henry street windowThe MAS demonstration project at the Henry Street Settlement has led us to the conclusion that repairing, versus replacing historic windows may help reduce air drafts in a more cost effective and historically sensitive way. While the Settlement still has many historic, single-pane windows, some of the original windows across the rear façade have been replaced. Our team discovered Continue Reading>>

Youth Council Monitor Electricity Consumption at Henry Street Settlement

henry street youth councilLast Friday, ten 9 and 10 year old boys and girls from the Henry Street Settlement Youth Council visited the Settlement headquarters to survey the number of electrical devices in each office. This survey is part of an effort to illustrate how staff can help reduce energy consumption. Experts participating in the Henry Street Settlement eco-charrette–a collaborative design and solutions-seeking process–that took place last year, identified occupant behavior has a huge factor in the amount of energy used. Of particular concern was the office plug loads Continue Reading>>

Two MAS Projects Selected as Partners in Preservation Finalists: Cast Your Votes!

MAS’s planned restoration of the “Rocket Thrower” statue and our energy retrofit at the Henry Street Settlement, were announced today as two of the 40 finalists of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Partners in Preservation Initiative in New York City.  Partners in Preservation is a community-based program providing preservation grants for local historic places. Continue Reading>>

Lessons Learned from Henry Street Settlement Energy Audits

henry street settlement indoor dining hallOne of the best ways to learn which energy-saving investments will help make your building more efficient is with an energy audit. As we mentioned in our last demonstration project update, we initiated three audits at the Settlement. Our Con Ed audit focused on lighting, NYSERDA’s offered general recommendations on lighting, boilers and information on NYS incentive programs and competitive energy markets (ESCOs) and lastly, an auditor with expertise in historic community facilities gave us an in-depth audit including the pros and cons of implementing certain upgrades.  All the audits offered estimated “paybacks” –how long it will take for the investment to pay for itself in saved energy costs—a helpful metric to anyone interested in long and short term costs and benefits.  Continue Reading>>

The Path to Sustainability at Henry Street

henry street settlement historic buildingOver the past year, MAS and Henry Street Settlement have embarked on an exciting demonstration project to sustainably retrofit the Settlement’s three landmarked buildings on the Lower East Side.  Limiting our budget to serve as a model for small- building owners, we are looking for the greatest payback in energy efficiency for the least dollars, while setting up a plan to effect sustainable change over the coming years. Our first steps and some of our progress to date is outlined below. Continue Reading>>

Cook+Fox and Terrapin Selected to Prepare Green Manual

There’s a strong perception that greening historic buildings is made arduous by Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) regulations. To help counter that notion, MAS and the LPC are producing a manual, “Greening New York City’s Landmarks: A Guide for Property Owners.” MAS has selected Cook+Fox and Terrapin Bright Green to develop the guide, which will provide straightforward action steps on how to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of the city’s landmark buildings while meeting preservation standards. Continue Reading>>

Greening the Henry Street Settlement

Rain gardens, solar panels and an efficient new mechanical system were some of the big ideas generated at the Henry Street Settlement eco-charrette last week. While those measures may be the most attention-getting of the future energy retrofit, the small ones – adding roof insulation, painting the roof white and installing efficient lighting  –  will also be critical to providing major energy and cost savings. Continue Reading>>

MAS Demonstration Project Receives Support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Thumbnail - Henry Street Settlement - Photo by Hazel BalabanThe Municipal Art Society is pleased to announce that Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts,  has recommended that MAS receive $20,000 for a grant to support our Henry Street Settlement Energy Retrofit project. The demonstration project will show that the city’s most treasured historic buildings can improve their energy efficiency without significant aesthetic changes or large capital outlays. Continue Reading>>

MAS Launches Energy Demonstration Project with Henry Street Settlement

Thumbnail - Henry Street Settlement - Photo by Hazel BalabanCan historic, landmarked buildings–perceived by many as energy hogs–be transformed into energy efficient properties, without compromising their iconic character? The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is embarking on a demonstration project to show that the city’s most treasured historic buildings can improve their energy efficiency without significant aesthetic changes or large capital outlays. Continue Reading>>