Roosevelt Island, a sliver of land wedged between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is home to one of NYC’s greenest residential buildings. Dating back to 1841, the Octagon now houses condos and apartments with an array of luxurious, eco-friendly features.
By the 1950s the building had fallen into neglect, and a series of fires in the ensuing decades destroyed most of the original structure. But by integrating the landmark stone rotunda into the new construction, developers Becker+Becker Associates were able to incorporate the original dramatic architecture into a beautiful new building.
The Octagon offers luxuries like an outdoor pool, dedicated parking garage, tennis courts, and waterfront park space that are rare in the tight spaces of NYC. But it also includes some truly innovative features that make it extremely environmentally friendly (as well as user-friendly). Features include:
- A 400kW fuel cell that helps provide both power and heat (one of only two fuel cells in the world used in a residential building)
- A focus on recycled construction materials, and use of locally sourced materials to minimize energy used for transportation
- Building materials free of formaldehyde and VOCs, as well as regular testing of indoor air quality
- The largest array of solar panels on any residential building in NYC
- Energy Star appliances and lighting throughout
- Easy access to public transportation, and on-site ZipCar access to reduce reliance on personal automobiles
- Use of 100% salvaged wood for the stairs and flooring in the Rotunda
- Use of water from the pool to discharge heat and help cool the building during hot weather
- 35% better energy efficiency than required by New York State building codes
For more information, visit the Octagon NYC website.