Parterre Office is Part of Green Initiative

May 19, 2009

BROOKLYN, NY – Parterre Flooring is now caught up in a windstorm of green power. The luxury vinyl flooring company is headquartered at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which has become the nation’s first multi-story green industrial facility. On track to receive LEED® Gold certification, the Navy Yard’s $25 million renovation project features the city’s first wind turbines mounted on a roof.

The six wind turbines, along with numerous rooftop solar panels, will provide electricity for the building’s lobby and other common areas. Other green aspects include reflective roofing and pavement to reduce surface temperatures, recycled rain water used in toilets, recycled building materials, high-efficiency lighting fixtures, and natural ventilation.

“At Parterre, we take environmental responsibility seriously,” says Parterre president T. Fred Roche. “So, of course we are extremely enthusiastic about the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s offices receiving power from the rooftop wind turbines and solar panels and being a part of this development’s impressive sustainability initiatives. It’s just another way we’re going green at Parterre.”

The city also announced plans for other projects at the Navy Yard, including the Duggal Greenhouse, which involves turning a one-story 30,000-square-foot building into "a 60,000-square-foot LEED Platinum certified facility that will be used to manufacture eco-friendly products and will become a laboratory for new sustainable products,"—and ultimately hopes to create 1,700 jobs.

"The Brooklyn Navy Yard has been enormously successful providing a haven for small industrial businesses that help diversify the city's economy," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Today, it's becoming a national model for the development of a sustainable industrial district. Part of our Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is to invest in the creation of green jobs. Of the 1,700 new permanent jobs we're creating at the Navy Yard, 40 percent will be in green manufacturing. The sustainable developments at the Navy Yard show that PlaNYC's goals of green buildings and renewable energy make sense economically as well as environmentally."

Founded in 1801, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was once known as America’s premier shipbuilding facility. Today, the 300-acre industrial park houses a diverse range of businesses including movie studios, furniture manufacturers, ship repairers, architectural designers, electronics distributors, and jewelers.

Parterre Flooring Systems is a leading manufacturer of high-quality commercial and residential solid vinyl flooring in North America. With more than 17 years experience, the company offers a broad selection of products that authentically replicate the beauty of nature in wood and stone colors and designs as well as metallic surfaces and other unique finishes. Expect greater resilience, easier maintenance and better durability with the superior performance of vinyl. Parterre flooring is asbestos-free, recyclable, constructed of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content, environmentally safe, easily installed, and affordable. Parterre is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with manufacturing facilities in Japan, Taiwan and China. For more information, call (888) 338-1029 or visit Parterre online at

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