Sources So Far . . .

Posted: September 4th, 2009 | Author:

The sources that do exist publicly—that are readily in the ether that shall be most helpful in developing an estimate are:

The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which is conducted periodically by the Federal Govt.’s Energy Information Administration. The most recently published data for public use is from a survey conducted in 2003 (Now: Late Summer, 2009).

The Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). Similar to CBECS, this survey provides data on average energy consumption with regard to residential buildings. Most recent data from 2005.

→ The City Environmental Quality Review technical manual. Developed as the standard set by [insert research companies here] for determining the environmental impacts of development projects. Of particular use in our case because it provides a per week break down of the amount of solid waste produced by given establishments.

→ The New York City Department of Sanitation’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, the initial survey from which the CEQR table is derived.

→ The New York City Department of Finance’s Tax Map utility. This provides information on building footprint dimensions (of use for determining total square footage) and city Block and Lot numbers (necessary to accurately identify a structure using BIS)

→ The New York City Department of Building’s Building Information System (BIS). Through this, we were able to obtain scanned “Certificates of Occupancy” and confirm the number of floors, and the uses zoned for each floor.

Google Map’s aerial photography and map making tools. Useful for obtaining more specific dimensions.
→ Google Map’s Street View utility. Useful for confirming # of floors, as well as determining the street-frontage and type of commercial establishments on the ground floor.

View Zeckendorf Towers in a larger map

→’s Birds Eye View utility. Enables axonometric views of the building to confirm floor and use square footage.

→ Todd Maisel’s January 12, 2004 article in Real Estate Weekly, indicating that Beth Israel hospital had purchase 300,000 square feet in the Zeckendorf Towers. This accounts for a majority of the square footage in the 1st 5 floors of commercial space in the building.

The methodology that employs the above sources to produce an estimate of energy consumption and waste production is still in need of: a reasonable estimate of the energy efficiency of high-rise mixed-use architecture—In particular those development projects that were erected in the late 80’s, as well as a reasonable estimate of the efficiency of energy delivery on the part of service providers. Also, we are scouring to find what information on specific businesses is public; ideally, we could find out the number of employees per specific business on the ground floor of the towers, as the data on solid waste production in the CEQR technical manual is often in units such as “lbs per employee.”

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