City Tech Students Tour Toren Residential Tower
Cogeneration Plant in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently reported that BFC Partners, developers of the new residential tower, Toren, at Flatbush Avenue Extension and Myrtle Avenue, and Debra Salomon, certified LEED and green building professor with New York City College of Technology’s Division of Continuing Education, designed and conducted a tour in February 2012 of the new building for students learning about green construction and design. The tour provided the students an insider’s view of Toren’s cogeneration plant — said to be the only one in a NYC residential building — which fuels electrical, heating and cooling needs while lowering the burden on utility companies. Salomon teaches a program called “Green Building and Maintenance,” which assures that students learn the most current and applicable skills of the trade.
Other features of the new building include occupancy sensors, which optimize lighting usage based on occupancy in all stairwells and common areas; reflective roofing pavers that reduce solar heat gain, lowering the need for air conditioning; low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints that have fewer toxins and are safer for residents; and a filtration system that pumps fresh air into each unit