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Bright 'n Green gets green light: Wholly sustainable condominium apartments hit the market

Brooklyn, NY - 2013-11-26

After nearly 18 months of construction that included sustaining Super Storm Sandy and, concurrently, receiving numerous awards for sustainable development, the six studio, one- and two bedroom condominium apartments that make up Bright 'n Green, at 67 Brighton First Lane in Brighton Beach, are officially available to buyers. The net zero energy building is located on a quiet, pedestrian-only lane that is less than a block from Brighton Beach Ave. - with its retail variety, gourmet groceries and numerous restaurants - a block-and-a-half from subway lines, and two blocks from the boardwalk and beach.

The asking prices for individual residences range from $295,000 for a studio flat to $795,000 for a two-bedroom loft apartment with outdoor space and boardwalk views. The environmentally-friendly building has four duplex lofts and two flats, all with clean lines, contemporary finishes and recycled wood floors. The apartments' light-maximizing windows are composed of triple-glazed Krypton-filled solar thermal treated glass and installed inside double-sealed, air-tight insulated window frames. Kitchens feature custom-designed, blond-wood cabinetry with state-of-the-art electric appliances, including super-efficient induction cook-tops. The porcelain-clad bathrooms have stainless-steel hardware and dual flush, low-flow toilets. In addition, each unit has a combination washing machine and dryer. Building amenities include a bicycle room accommodating up to two bicycles per apartment, and furnished, landscaped roof deck with hot tub, barbeque, birdhouses for migratory species, and ocean views. All apartments, public spaces, mechanical rooms and commercial spaces are supplied with energy-efficient LED lighting.

"The timing is perfect for a market launch because our asking prices are better than competitive and the environmental benefits of this building are unparalleled," points out developer and architect Robert Scarano, Jr., a credentialed environmental expert, Living Building Challenge (LBC) Ambassador and Certified Passive House Consultant. "We've created an apartment mix that spans starter to family-size to ensure a community-oriented building. We even plan to lease the 1,000 s/f, ground-level commercial space to a progressive type of tenant such as a yoga center or preschool, to benefit the neighborhood, overall."

Most significantly is Bright 'n Green's pioneering fresh air purification and distribution system, starting with a 150-foot-long, 10-inch Geotube installed below the building that uses ambient ground temperature to pre-cool the air in summer and preheat it in winter. The air then undergoes dehumidification and filtration prior to branching out and rising to each apartment, including the outermost corners. The process of supplying fresh air to each bedroom and living room is coupled with the constant exhaust of stale air from bathrooms and kitchens by means of Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV). The ERV units operate at more than 90 percent efficiency to reclaim the energy spent on heating or cooling the spaces to return it back to the resident. Moreover, the heating and air-conditioning in individual units, provided by means of a closed-loop geothermal wall system, is designed to meet personal preferences, either on-site or remotely by smart phone application.

Combined, the geothermal and purifying systems, along with air-tight windows and doors, ensure stable indoor temperatures and delivery of ultra clean air throughout the building's interiors. In addition, Bright 'n Green's 133 solar panels created enough electricity during construction to qualify for utility rebates. Plans also call for the installation of roof-top wind turbines in noise-abated housing for incremental or emergency power, as needed.

In its preliminary design and constructions stages, Bright 'n Green earned EPA and OER certifications and has since received the prestigious Green Site Award from the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation. When completed by the end of the year, it is anticipated the building will additionally earn an EPA Air and Water Sense Certification, ENERGY STAR, LEED Platinum, Fit NYC Center for Active Design Recognition, Green Globes Certification, NAHB Emerald Status, NYSERDA Low Energy Multi-family Certification, NYC Brownfield Partnership Green, and Living Building Challenge Certification. In addition, Bright 'n Green is a candidate for both European and American Passive House certifications.

More information about sales at Bright 'n Green is available on the website at www.brightngreen.com.




Bright 'n Green, 67 Brighton First Lane, Brighton Beach - Brooklyn, NY