1 Java Street Update 08/24/23

NYC is a continually evolving metropolis and a world stage that produces a steady stream of highly influential and boundary-pushing projects. With new energy codes and strict requirements on the way for both existing and future structures, developers will have to act deliberately in order to comply with the law. But in the midst of change, some projects don’t just seek to comply; they aim to lead the pack in sustainability. This week, we bring you the final entry of our four-part list that seeks to highlight some of NYC’s most exemplary buildings and current projects that could serve as role models for future sustainable development.


1 Java Street

Developer: Aware Super and Lendlease

Architect: Marvel Architects

Contractor: Lendlease

Currently under construction, 1 Java Street is a 37-story, dual-tower rental project, set to rise in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Upon completion, the 800,000-square-foot project will become the largest residential building in New York State and the tallest high-rise in the U.S. to employ a geothermal heat exchange system. Consisting of heat pumps and a series of deep underground pipes, this closed-loop system will source all of the structure’s heating, cooling, and hot water by transferring heat to and from the earth beneath. Compared to a normal boiler system, this will produce 1,050 fewer metric tons of CO2 on an annual basis, making 1 Java Street significantly more energy efficient. The building will also be fully electric and has been designed to achieve both LEED Gold and ENERGY STAR certifications.


For more insight on changing energy codes and sustainability right now, you can also check out our other articles, highlighting Local Law 97 and how energy codes vary across the United StatesYou can also click here to view part 1part 2, and part 3 of this list.

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