It’s always good to hear that companies who tout the “greenness” of their products practice what they preach. Parterre Flooring Systems, Brooklyn, NY, is one of those companies. The flooring manufacturer makes its headquarters in the, now converted, Brooklyn Navy Yard. The recent $250-million Navy Yard renovation project has the facility on track to receive LEED Gold certification.
The focal point of the project is the first use of roof-mounted wind turbines in Brooklyn. The six wind turbines, along with numerous rooftop solar panels, provide electricity for the building’s lobby and other common areas. Other green aspects of the renovation include reflective roofing and pavement to reduce surface temperatures, recycled rain water for toilet flushing, recycled building materials, high-efficiency lighting fixtures, and natural ventilation.
“At Parterre, we take environmental responsibility seriously,” said president T. Fred Roche. “So, of course, we are extremely enthusiastic about the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s offices receiving power from the rooftop wind turbines and solar panels and being a part of this development’s impressive sustainability initiatives.”
The city also announced plans for other projects at the Navy Yard, including the Duggal Greenhouse, which involves turning a one-story 30,000-sq.-ft. building into “a 60,000-sq.-ft. LEED Platinum facility that will be used to manufacture eco-friendly products and will become a laboratory for new sustainable products.” It is expected that the facility will also create 1,700 jobs.—Gary L. Parr