Cornell Tech’s Bloomberg Center Achieves LEED & Passive House

Cornell Tech’s Bloomberg Center Achieves LEED & Passive House

Feb 11, 2020 | Case Studies, Insights


The Bloomberg Center in New York City embodies Cornell Tech’s commitment to innovation, environmental stewardship and building sustainability. The center needed an HVAC solution to demonstrate this dedication.

The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech


HIGHMARK designed, developed and implemented rainwater harvesting and intelligent stormwater management to increase building efficiency in the Bloomberg Center via water optimization and water filtration.

Cornell Bloomberg Center Passive House


Location: Application: Project type: Technologies: Project size: Year:
1 Main St., New York, NY 10044 Higher Education
  • Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP)
  • Engineering
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Rainwater reuse
  • Rainwater recovery
  • Stormwater management
  • 200,000 ft²
  • Six stories
  • 40,000-gallon storage capacity


The innovative technologies that were installed boosted HVAC efficiency, thus significantly reducing building energy consumption. This enabled the facility to aspire to net-zero energy use and LEED platinum certification.

Further, HIGHMARK’s efforts played a key role in allowing the Bloomberg Center to be built to Passive House standards due to maximized energy efficiency and enhanced indoor environmental quality.

The Bloomberg Center is now part of an expansive campus that also includes the tallest Passive House building in the world.

Cornell Bloomberg Design
Cornell Tech's Bloomberg Center

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