New York State ranks 10th on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “Top Ten States for Leed Green Building,” with 250 certified projects as of 2015. Now you can proudly add 231 Main St. New Paltz to that list.
The building, designed by the Hudson Valley’s Alfandre Architecture and built by EcoBuilders Inc., achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certified rating from the USGBC – the highest rating available. According to the USGBC, “LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.” The 5400 sq. ft. building is one of only ten for-profit LEED platinum buildings in New York, making it one of the greenest commercial buildings statewide. The LEED standard is a point based system based on numerous criteria, including energy efficiency, location and innovation; platinum status means 231 Main St. hits all the marks. Solar Panels provide 98% of the building’s electricity. Efficiency derives from air tight design, use of insulative material and high efficiency windows and lights fixtures. The location – dense and walkable Main St. New Paltz. All of this culminates in one major criterion: the innovation of Alfandre Architecture. Rick Alfandre, owner of both Alfandre Architecture and EcoBuilders Inc., is dedicated to the design and construction of energy-efficient green building; aware of the major environmental issues concerning building and architecture. Platinum status is a major success for Alfandre going forward; a milestone in his imperative mission for eco-friendly building. “Green buildings are healthy buildings. We value our ability to bring healthy buildings to our community. We know how important it is for us to have green, energy-efficient buildings to live in, learn in, and work in,” says Alfandre.