The Hegeman is a residential community in Brownsville, Brooklyn providing housing for low-income and formerly homeless individuals. Developed by Common Ground Community – an innovative non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness – the Hegeman Residence will also provide a range of on-site social services, in a model known as supportive housing. One of the first projects developed under Common Ground`s Green Campaign, the Hegeman Residence emphasizes good health and indoor air quality, restorative and biophilic design, and best practices to save tenants money on energy bills. Efficient energy performance is accomplished through various measures including individual room-metering capabilities with entry-activated control systems. Infrastructure has also been put in place for a future co-generation system. Views to green space and natural daylight are prioritized, even in below-grade office spaces. An inner courtyard provides protected green space with room for urban agriculture; a gently winding, paved path makes the courtyard accessible to residents of all ages and physical abilities. Overhead, 3,400 square feet of greenery on the roof cool the building and slows stormwater run-off from the site. In addition to the extensive green roof, an array of solar panels produces renewable energy for exterior lighting requirements. Individual units are finished with durable, non-toxic materials and are designed to save energy and water, helping the building earn an anticipated LEED Silver certification.

Constructed, 2012