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Energy upgrades in historic buildings: Hotel Marcel

The fourth event in our Energy Upgrades in Historic Buildings series, featured a case study of the hyper-sustainable Hotel Marcel, formerly the Pirelli Building, in New Haven, CT.

Designed by Marcel Breuer, the iconic two-tiered brutalist building was originally commissioned by the Armstrong Rubber Company (later incorporated into tire manufacturer Pirelli) as its headquarters, with administrative and executive offices elevated over factory and testing facilities on the first two floors. 

On May 25, 2022, we learned about the hotel, including the ambitious plan for its all-electric, net-zero energy design and pending Passive House and LEED Platinum certification. Specific challenges include air sealing and insulating a concrete shell, installing all-electric appliances for a commercial kitchen for the on-site restaurant, and implementing a state-of-the-art heat pump water heating system.

Published May 25, 2022


Bruce Redman Becker
President, Becker + Becker
Kate Doherty
Building Systems Analyst, Steven Winter Associates
Kai Starn
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Steven Winter Associates
John Askew
Principal, LN Consulting
Ian Donahue
Project Manager, LN Consulting
Aaron Krueger
Project Manager, Consigli Construction