Friday, June 25, 2010

Building Brooklyn Awards Coming up July 15

The Building Brooklyn Awards, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, will take place July 15, and as per usual, one of the awards highlights excellence in green design. The National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency this year was given to Toren, the 37-story, 399-foot tall condo building at Myrtle Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Extension that contains 240 units, including studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Toren is LEED gold certified, in part because it has its own cogeneration plant, which generates heat and power for the entire building, costing less than traditional methods.

Also a winner of a Building Brooklyn Award in the retail category is Brooklyn Bowl. Though not honored for its eco-consciouness, Brooklyn Bowl is green. It uses 100 percent wind-powered electricity; wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); pin-spotters that use 75 percent less energy than regular pin-spotters; draught beers sourced locally; no bottles or cans; 100 percent reclaimed cork floors in the bowler’s lounge; and a stage floor made of 100 percent recycled truck tires.

"The judging panel reviewed an excellent group of nominated projects and selected those representing the best of Brooklyn. This year's trends included an abundance of projects with sustainable features, many of them LEED-certified, and a high volume of interesting, local retail projects," said said Carl Hum, Brooklyn Chamber president and CEO.

Visit for the full list of winners and ticket information. 

With reporting by Linda Collins. Photos courtesy of Toren and Brooklyn Bowl. 

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