Ecosystem proudly hosted a rooftop ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil our groundbreaking decarbonization project at the International Tailoring Company Building (ITCoB). This event, on July 11, marked a significant milestone on New York City’s path toward a greener and more sustainable future. The project is one of the first to successfully decarbonize a large, occupied multifamily building, achieving long-term Local Law 97 compliance.
We were honored to welcome representatives from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), NYC Department of Buildings (DoB), the NYC Accelerator, ConEdison, and the Quebec Government Office in New York, among others. Their presence underscored the significance of the project and exemplified the collaboration among public and private entities needed to drive sustainable redevelopment.
With the NYC skyline as a backdrop, Eric Einstein, Board President at the ITCoB, welcomed everyone to the rooftop, saying, “This is a great project with wonderful benefits for the environment, as well as wonderful benefits for our +100-year-old building. We couldn’t have done it without Ecosystem. They have been a great partner in this.”
Praising “an innovative approach to how to meet a regulatory environment that’s really positive for the future,” Susanne DesRoches, VP of Clean and Resilient Buildings, NYSERDA, pointed out that “we want to see more and more of these models so that people understand this is replicable. It’s possible that, when you’ve got a system that needs to be replaced, you can replace it with something that’s really reducing your reliance on fossil fuels, is making more comfortable spaces, and is better for everybody.”
“We have a great view of the green transformation of New York City here on this rooftop today,” said Laura Popa, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, NYC Department of Buildings. “At the DOB obviously we have a huge challenge ahead of us implementing Local Law 97. We often hear that it can’t be done and here you prove that it actually can be done.”
Thanking NYSERDA and ConEd, as well as the Ecosystem team, Andre Rochette, Founder and Chairman, Ecosystem, noted that, “the construction is almost finished, but the learning is only beginning. In the near future, we will be able to share a lot of lessons learned. And from these lessons learned, we will be able to accelerate the deployment of projects like this. We really need more collaboration and more projects like this.”
Ending at the rooftop heat pumps and adiabatic dry cooler, the ribbon cutting ceremony served as a reminder that by working collaboratively, sustainable urban living is within reach. To learn more about the project, CLICK HERE.