NYPA and DCAS Begin $6 Million
Chiller Replacement At Brooklyn Municipal Building
January 24, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS The Brooklyn Municipal Building, as well as the nearby Brooklyn
Borough Hall will be more comfortable while saving electricity when the New York Power
Authority (NYPA) completes a $6 million project to install three energy-efficient chillers
used to cool both buildings.
"Our effort at Brooklyns historic Municipal Building is the latest of
hundreds of energy-saving projects weve undertaken in New York City. In Brooklyn
alone we have $78 million worth of projects that are cutting energy consumption by 80
million kilowatt hours of electricity each year. That reduced energy use is resulting in
$8 million in annual savings for the taxpayers of Brooklyn," said NYPA Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer, C.D. "Rapp" Rappleyea.
Located in the Municipal Building, the chillers also cool Borough Hall, which houses
the Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office.
These buildings are operated by the Citys Administrative Services Department
(DCAS). Through the ENCORE program, DCAS is using NYPA to install energy-efficient
equipment in over 100 City buildings.
The existing chillers, installed about 25 years ago, are nearing the end of their
useful life. The replacement chillers are energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly
since they will eliminate the use of ozone depleting refrigerants. NYPAs approved
project design features a building management system to assure efficient operation for
each unit. Ancillary equipment includes the installation of a refrigerant-leak detection
system and automated water treatment controls, all totally integrated into the Municipal
Buildings ventilation system.
Work began in December 2000 and should be completed in time for the summer cooling
season in June. DCAS will pay for the project with a combination of capital funds and low
cost financing provided by NYPA.
In addition to the Municipal Building, some of the other sites in the borough where
NYPA has completed energy-efficiency projects include; the Brooklyn Central Library,
Brooklyn Museum, Woodhull Hospital, NYC Technical College, Kingsborough Community College,
the New York City Transit Authority Coney Island Yard and its East New York Bus Depot.
NYPA supplies about a quarter of the states electricity. In New York City, it
supplies power for all public buildings and services, including schools, subways, commuter
trains and public hospitals.