The Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles, N.Y., renovated its vacant firehouse into Skaneateles Village Hall, the first municipal net-zero energy building in the state of New York.
The building features a 54-kilowatt solar power system on the roof. Vertical inverter water source heat pumps provide heating and cooling as part of a geothermal system. The project also involved a complete building envelope renovation, increased insulation, energy efficient windows, and LED lighting.
The $1.5 million project was funded through the sale of the old village hall for more than $800,000, and a$546,000 state grant. The state grant came from a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development initiative.
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