Pioneering Housing Development Gets High-Efficiency Hydronic Makeover

The first phase of a multiphase project included a switch from an electric heating system to a high-efficiency hydronic one.

Marking a shift from “tower-in-the-park” planning to a “scattered-site” approach, the Twin Parks housing development in the central Bronx was hailed internationally for its architectural innovation and promise of urban renewal upon its completion in the early 1970s. Forty years later, as buildings in the complex are being updated one by one, Twin Parks again is being recognized, this time for its focus on energy efficiency.

The first phase of a multiphase project included a switch from an electric heating system to a high-efficiency hydronic one. To learn about the vertical inline pumps that were integral to the inside-out retrofit of the first of the buildings, click here.

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