Going Green

A cornerstone of every Marathon project is energy efficiency and building a healthy living environment for our residents. Whether during the initial redevelopment, or updates made on existing properties, Marathon is always at the forefront of energy efficient technology for multifamily properties.

Marathon has received funding awards from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and has achieved verified annual energy savings of 30% for Tallman Tower Apartments in Nyack, NY and 41% at its Fairview Manhattan Park Apartments, in Greenburgh, NY.

In order to achieve such high energy savings, Marathon undertakes a comprehensive energy audit and prepares energy reduction plans to improve the energy performance and residents health and safety. Through funding from energy incentives programs, at both the State and Federal level, Marathon is able to make “going green” an economic incentive, as well as an environmental one. On each project, Marathon incorporates as many of the following upgrades as possible:

  • Envelope improvements such as additional insulation and various new windows / doors
  • High Efficiency, sealed-combustion boilers and advanced controls to include outdoor reset and interior temperature monitoring
  • New hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Zero VOC paints and low VOC sealants and adhesives
  • Water saving fixtures such as 0.8 gallon-per-flush toilets and water saving shower heads / aerators
  • LED lighting
  • Photocells for lighting controls
  • Insulated, weather stripped AC sleeve covers
  • Duct / vent cleaning
  • Photovolataic / solar panels

Going Solar

Marathon installed its first solar/PV project on College Arms apartments in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  This 42 kW plant, produces over 45,000 kWh annually, saving the property approximately $10,000 each year, excluding demand savings.  This project was financed with state incentives, a Treasury Department 1603 grant, as well as Owner Equity.  On this same property, a Combined Heat and Power plant has been designed and will soon be implemented.

In December of 2012 Marathon installed a solar photovoltaic system at their Peekskill Plaza apartment building, in Peekskill, NY. The system, which covers three roofs, is comprised of almost 300 solar panels (over 69,000 watts), which provide over 84,000 kWh towards the annual electric bill. Additionally, the system saves about 1550 tons of carbon dioxide that would have been generated by fossil fuels.

Also in 2012, Marathon installed two solar photovoltaic systems at their newest property, Underhill Crossing, located in Yorktown Heights, New York. The systems total 15.2 kW in size and feed electricity into the building’s  meters, powering the common space electrical needs like lighting, laundry facilities, etc. The system is expected to produce safe, clean, renewable energy for at least 25 years and over that period is expected to save over 339 Tons of CO2 and generate over 428,000 kWh of electricity.