4540 Center Boulevard Awarded LEED Certification

TF Cornerstone’s luxury rental property on LIC waterfront features living roof, heat recovery technology, sensor lighting and efficient plumbing.

TF Cornerstone Inc.’s 4540 Center Boulevard, a 345-unit luxury rental building on the Long Island City waterfront, has been awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The property’s certification was based on sustainable features and green design and construction that include occupancy sensors in public spaces (corridors, stairs and amenity rooms) to control the lighting, energy efficient windows, CFL light fixtures for apartment lighting, Energy Star Certified appliances and low flow/water sense plumbing fixtures. Condensing domestic hot water heaters and high efficiency PTAC units were also installed, while Demand Control Ventilation was implemented in the lobby and amenity spaces.

“TF Cornerstone is dedicated to incorporating sustainable and eco-friendly materials in our projects, so we are proud that 4540 Center Boulevard has won this important designation,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president of TF Cornerstone Inc. “As a whole, the Center Boulevard project is one of the largest and most ambitious in Long Island City, so we’ve been very mindful of its environmental impact, while maintaining the high standards, services and level of comfort our residents expect.”

Heat recovery technology was built into the residential corridor HVAC unit, which will help heat the 32-story building using less energy output and reduce power bills. A living roof, covered with sedum, a low-growing plant that retains water and acts as a natural insulator that helps to cut energy use, covers the second-story terrace.

Designed by award-winning architecture firm Arquitectonica, 4540 Center Boulevard comprises a collection of studios, one- and two-bedroom homes and a gracious lobby designed by the Rockwell Group. Residences at the upscale rental property offer spacious layouts, stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and upscale finishes, including hardwood flooring, closets with built-ins, stainless steel appliances and stylish tile backsplashes in the kitchen.

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