Princeton, N.J.: After reducing energy costs from $1.39 to $.89 per square foot in the last three
years, Windrows Hall at Princeton Windrows independent lifestyle community has been awarded
Energy Star Certification. It is the only building in NJ to be certified in the Energy Star category
of Residence Hall/Dormitory. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to help save money and protect
the environment through energy efficient products and practices for both home and business.
Windrows Hall is a 330,000 square-foot, five-floor midrise and clubhouse building at the heart of
the 35-acre campus of villas, town homes and apartment-style condominiums.
The certification resulted as part of the community’s Green Initiative, in which Princeton
Windrows residents and staff have invested more than $500,000 in energy efficiency and
environmentally friendly practices and products; including:
1. Converting over 500 bulbs from incandescent to compact fluorescent
2. Replacing the 4 roof top air handling units with 2 that operate more efficiently
3. Regulating the amount of fresh air based on occupancy of common areas.
4. Reducing the exhaust air to the code required levels
5. Using variable frequency drives on the major motors. This results in 75% reduction in
6. Reducing the lighting level in rooms based on occupancy sensors
7. Controlling the exterior lighting based on “astronomical” timers that adjust to
compensate for the length of the day as the seasons change.
8. Using “building automation software” to turn off ac or heating in rooms not in use
9. Using “free cooling” at night when demand and costs are low to reduce building core
“In addition, although not Energy Star related, we also buy power on the open market, which this
year will mean a savings of $51,000,” says Thomas Jennings, Director of Facilities for Princeton
Windrows, located at 2000 Windrow Drive in Princeton. “There’s still more to do, but we are
pleased with the certification and our progress so far.”
Achieving the Energy Star Certification is a step toward a longer range goal of becoming LEED
Certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally
recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across
all systems: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor
environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
“Our goal is LEED, but that’s further out on the horizon,” Jennings says. “I would say the next
goal is a solar installation, while we continue to find innovative ways to cut electrical
Sherry Wagner, Executive Director at Princeton Windrows, echoes Jennings’ focus on the future.
“We are all proud to achieve Energy Star Certification and will continue to work to become even
more efficient and further reduce our carbon footprint,” Wagner says.
The Green Initiative concept was implemented by Jennings with the support of Princeton
Windrows’ Executive Chef/Director of Culinary services Richard Blagrave, Wagner, the
Princeton Windrows Condominium Association board and the residents.
“This is a basic and long-term commitment that we all wholeheartedly support,” says Russell
Marks, resident and condo association board member.”
Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy in 2009 to avoid greenhouse gas
emissions equivalent to those from 30 million cars, while saving nearly $17 billion on their
utility bills, according to their website at: www.energystar.gov.
For more information, or to interview senior staff or residents at Princeton Windrows, contact
Scott McCaskey at Goldman & Associates at 757-625-2518 or at:
Princeton Windrows is an independent lifestyle community located at 2000 Windrow Drive in
Princeton, New Jersey, about four miles from downtown Princeton and the Princeton University
campus. The upscale community features distinctive villas, town homes and apartment-style
condominiums on a 35-acre landscape. Three restaurant-style venues offer casual to formal to
private dining, along with elegant common interiors, a library, indoor pool, salon, spa, a host of
other amenities and a strong wellness and health program. Prices start at about $200,000. The
community is managed by Princeton, NJ-based By Design Solutions. Visit
www.princetonwindrows.com or contact Mary Ann Bond at 800-708-7007 for more information.