Morris Adjmi Architects announced yesterday (July 7) that the recently completed Wilf Hall building at New York University Law in Manhattan is being considered for LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Located near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the educational facility houses several NYU centers and institutes, including the famous Princetown Playhouse.
Over half of Wilf Hall’s footprint is covered with a green roof, which features local species of grasses and ferns. The new habitat for birds and insects reduces heat island effect while regulating the building’s temperature to reduce energy use. Pollutants from rainwater are filtered and naturally absorbed back into the soil, thus reducing runoff into the city sewers.
Additionally, second- and sixth-floor exterior terraces offer walking paths, enclosed by perennials and grasses.
In comparison to conventional buildings, the energy envelope design prevents air leakage and reduces heat loss, lowering the cost of heating and cooling bills at Wilf Hall and providing energy cost savings at 44 percent above the baseline industry standard. Renewable resources--such as wind, hydro, and biomass purchased through green power certificates--offset 70 percent of the hall’s energy consumption.
Other environmental attributes include the diversion of construction and demolition waste from landfill and the use of sustainably obtained wood products and other materials.
Another NYU School of Law project renovated and restored by Morris Adjmi Architects is 22 Washington Square North, built in the 1830s. The building, currently in pursuit of LEED Silver status, has an interior courtyard with a green wall system to filter natural light down to each floor. Each office has either an outdoor view of the park to the south, the greenery-draped courtyard, or private lane to the north.