Jan 10, 2010

Schwab House: Upper West Side Coop Goes Green

Schwab House, a post war (built 1951) coop building located at 11 Riverside Drive has upgraded to a clean-burning natural gas combined heating and power (CHP) system, which will increase fuel efficiency and yield substantial savings for the building.

The $1.6 million CHP system installation was made possible through a $402,000 award from the New York State Energy Research and development authority (NYSERDA) as part of its shared savings program. CHP also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of heat and power through a single process. It uses heat that would be wasted in conventional power generation to provide hot water and heat for parts of the building.

The newly installed unit is projected to save the building nearly $80,000 annually in utility costs and will decrease the amount of electricity demand by 30 percent.

Upper West Side NY State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal assisted the building manager and board President by navigating the project through the approval process.

For more information about partnering with NYSERDA on energy efficiency projects on the Upper West Side contact Assemblymember Rosenthal's office at 212-873-6368 rosenthal@assembly.state.ny.us



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