Bye, National Grid! 100 Flatbush Goes 100% Electric

Credit: Alloy Development

Forget gas, they’re going electric!

Alloy Development announced yesterday that 100 Flatbush, the first tower of its planned massive 80 Flatbush project in Downtown Brooklyn, will be 100% electric – the first of its kind in the city. And it’s developer says it’s time for others to follow suit.

“The recent moratorium from National Grid on new gas connections provides an opportunity: like steam and fuel oil before it, it’s time for gas to go,” said Alloy CEO Jared Della Valle announcing the new building will be an all-electric one. “We encourage others to move away from fossil fuel technologies and toward renewable, healthy environments, and to do it now.”

Construction of 100 Flatbush – a 38-story, 500-foot-tall building which was designed by Alloy and will include 256 residential units, as well as 100,000 square feet of Class A office space and 30,000 square feet of retail space is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and be complete by 2023, the company informs us.

Part of this first phase includes the development of two new public schools, which were designed by Architecture Research Office to be built to stringent “passive house” standards. The schools will be a new elementary school and a new building for the Khalil Gibran International Academy high school.

“As developers, we should be doing everything can to plan for the future,” said Alloy CEO Jared Della Valle. “In the same way that we aren’t running copper phone lines to each apartment anymore, we don’t think running gas lines makes sense either. All electric and Passive House are not only perfectly possible, they’re sensible.”

“As New York City looks to pursue carbon neutrality, buildings are an obvious target since they account for nearly 70 percent of the city’s carbon footprint,” said Jonce Walker of Thornton Tomasetti, which is providing energy efficiency consulting on the project.

Credit: Alloy Development

What does 100% electric mean for residents? Induction cooktops, heat pump dryers in addition to completely electric HVAC and hot water systems. There will be no parking – the building is located steps from Atlantic Terminal, and across from a supermarket.

When completed, 80 Flatbush project will consist of five buildings, old and new, and will include nearly 900 residential units, of which about 200 will be what the city classifies as permanently affordable units.  200,000 square feet of Class A office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and the two new state-of-the-art schools.

The second phase, which will comprise a 69-story residential, office, and retail tower, also designed by Alloy that will contain the affordable units, as well as the rehabilitation of the existing 362 Schermerhorn buildings, is expected to be completed by 2026.

The project was approved through the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in September 2018, a process that reduced the height of the proposed development by about 100 feet – more details on what was approved and negotiated at the link.

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  1. Most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. One you gonna make those residents pay way more money for heating as if it were Gas it would be way cheaper

  2. Very exciting ! Thank you for the forward look. Gas, with all it’s methane leaks and resulting greenhouse gas emissions, is no longer a sustainable way to heat buildings.

  3. Are they tearing down the building that the Kahlil Ghibran International School is in now?! It’s a lovely building and looks like it would last centuries!

  4. They found a way to be cheap and damage the environment while making people believe they are saving the planet.

    Gas appliances are better for the environment than electronic ones. Gas stoves and gas dryers use less energy overall than electric.

  5. Very interesting.

    Con ed still makes electricity with fossil fuels.

    They will burn more oil and full gas and use more uranium.

    What was accomplised by this ridiculous plan.

    Maybe con ed should not provide the electricity to the building. New York needs wind Mills on top of the building.

    The pollution saved from fossil fuels is leaving the politician’s
    A hole faster than I can write this.

  6. There are some very ignorant comments on here. If done properly, electric HVAC and hot water will be somewhat cheaper than gas. The per unit cost of running a heat pump water heater or heat pump heat is about the same as gas, but apartments generally don’t need much, if any heat, and having requires paying around $20/mo just to have the meter there usually doing nothing.

    Just saying “much of the power is generated by fossil fuels” is both short sighted, and lacking any critical thinking ability. Good heat pumps achieve a COP of between 3 and 4 for space heat, and around 3 for hot water, while modern gas power plants are just over 50% efficient. Couple this together, take off 10% for grid losses, and you’ve got a system that burns natural gas at roughly 150% efficiency end to end for heating. Then, add in the percentage of renewable energy that’s available today, and you’ve got a system that cuts CO2 emissions by 30-40% over gas appliances. However, that’s a very short-sighted view, as an electric building will get cleaner as the grid gets cleaner, while a building built with gas today will remain dirty and burning fossil fuels, all for no good reason.

    All new buildings should be built gas-free across the US. There is no compelling reason for residential development to need gas, and today they don’t need to burn fuel oil for heating, since we have better building practices and efficient heat pumps to do space and water heating. The only thing that today needs to use gas is commercial cooking, which uses natural gas in big cities, and propane in areas that don’t have natural gas.

    It’s crazy that there’s this outrage about the moratorium on new gas hookups, as people are acting like they can’t build buildings without gas, which is insane. Much of New England and even New York State doesn’t have gas, never has, and never will, and they get along just fine without it. And with modern insulation and heat pumps, you don’t even need propane or fuel oil, you can go entirely electric. I do find it surprising that this is the first all-electric large development in NYC, they’ve been doing all-electric developments in the ‘burbs since the 1960’s. Yes, they have gotten a LOT more efficient with heat pumps and induction replacing all-resistance designs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, but the concept of all-electric is nothing new.

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