Founded in 1622, First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens is one of the oldest churches in New York and the nation. Now it is becoming one of the first to replace fossil fuel-fired heating systems with efficient heat-pump heating and cooling systems. The church is removing 8 gas boilers and installing a cold-climate heat-pump system, with financing and project management by BlocPower, and will serve as one of 35 projected clean-energy demonstration projects being organized by Metro IAF with support from NYSERDA.
Here, a crew from HVAC contractor VRF Solutions installs air handlers in the church's 96-year-old Magill Building.
The project is projected to reduce the church's energy usage by 60%, saving 1,191 MMBtu's of energy per year and eliminating 51 tons/year of carbon emissions equivalents.