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NYC Passive Houses Mapping All of NYC's Passive House Projects
With buildings consuming the bulk of the city’s energy and emitting most of its greenhouse gases, it’s common sense that cutting inefficiencies here would be a primary focus in fighting climate change. Following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a pioneering initiative that would force thousands of aging buildings to become more energy efficient by 2030 or face stiff penalties. If approved by the City Council, the executive order would make the city the first in the nation to agree to a Paris Agreement-compatible action plan that would effectively make the Big Apple a leader in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

About Passive House

Over the last decade, an elite group of developers, builders, and owners in the city have taken it upon themselves to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of their structures. Stirred by the incredible energy savings and environmental benefits possible, several dozen projects have enlisted in the German-born Passive House certification process. The rigorous standard, which includes airtightness and solar shading, results in quiet interiors, ultra-efficient heating and cooling systems, and highly-insulated building envelopes with the ultimate prospect of requiring little energy for space heating or cooling - meaning more money saved on your energy bills. And if you want to talk numbers, according to the official website of New York Passive House Inc., this type of construction "delivers up to approximately a 90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to a 75% reduction in overall primary energy demand" compared to most existing buildings.

Marianne Hyde, a partner at leading Passive House firm, Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects tells us going for Passive House certification can result in very little additional cost to major renovations or new construction endeavors— especially as more contractors become familiar with the standard and compliant products become more widely available.
Though most of the projects aiming to achieve the Passive House Standard are residential, Hyde stressed the building technique can be applied to any type of building. The De Blasio’s administration’s policy would go after existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet, applying to about 14,500 private and municipal buildings, which the mayor’s office says collectively account for nearly a quarter of New York City’s emissions.

So far, we’ve identified 69 Passive House projects in the city, 25 of which are currently under construction or planned. With the mayor’s new initiative, it is likely the number of projects will continue to rise in coming years.

MANHATTAN:

466 Columbus Avenue Rendering BKSK Architects

466 Columbus Avenue


Neighborhood: Broadway Corridor

Building Type: Condominium


This Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District development was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) the second time around, when the design was revisited by BKSK Architects. Updated plans for the building will include a slight reduction in height and a terra cotta storefront. The 8-story project will host 7 units, including a duplex apartment. According to BKSK's site, occupancy is slated for 2018.
465 Washington Street Rendering Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects

465 Washington Street


Neighborhood: Tribeca

Building Type: Condominium


Luxury will go hand-in-hand with energy-efficiency in this forthcoming eight-unit luxury condominium. Located in Tribeca, this project involves converting an existing five-story building into a ten-story Passive House Enerphit. Through their design, Passive House pros Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects, will ensure high-quality air, energy savings, and high performance windows and shading devices that will provide plenty of natural sunlight without the harsh glares and overheating.
Houston House Rendering Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects

Houston House, 298 East 2nd Street


Neighborhood: East Village

Building Type: Condominium


Brought forth by Lee Properties Group and Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects, this under-construction condo project will feature six full-floor units and a duplex townhouse. Although originally meant to be the first Passive House-rated CLT structure in the city, the 8-story Houston House will settle for Passive House Plus certification.
11 west 126th street Rendering The Bluestone Organization

11 West 126th Street


Neighborhood: Harlem

Building Type: Condominium


11 West 126th Street is on its way to becoming Manhattan's first completed passive condo building. As of August, the 6-story building was topped out and had revealed its facade. When complete, it will hold six full-floor residences, a common roof terrace, a fitness center, a laundry room, and residential storage. Construction is expected to be completed this year.
544 East 13th Street Reno Paul A. Castrucci Architect

544 East 13th Street


Neighborhood: East Village

Building Type: Cooperative


Paul A. Castrucci Architect is designing this East Village affordable housing project, which has served as a home for city squatters and most notably, the on and off residence for the family of Rosario Dawson. The process, through which the firm engaged with the existing tenants, included a gut renovation to prepare the building's air-tight construction with improved insulation and windows.
Perch Harlem Rendering Synapse Development Group

Perch Harlem, 542 West 153rd Street


Neighborhood: Hamilton Heights

Building Type: Rental


Nearly completed with three units available from $2,150/month, Perch Harlem offers 34 compartmentalized apartments, meaning residents can enjoy central heating and cooling, fresh air, lower energy bills, and proper insulation that protects their ears from the noisy city streets. It is notably the first operational Passive House rental in Manhattan and recently passed the blower door test for certification.
312 Canal Street Rendering Paul A. Castrucci Architect

312 Canal Street


Neighborhood: Tribeca

Building Type: Rental


Although this "monolithic" design by Paul A. Castrucci Architect was not approved by the LPC, it doesn't mean a revised Passive House proposal won't come back. The architects attempted to bring forth a nine-story continuously-insulated Passive-House certified project with optimized energy consumption; complete with high-efficiency heat pumps to condition interior units on an individual basis while energy recovery ventilators continuously supply the residences with filtered and conditioned fresh and healthy air.
511 East 86th Street Rendering Arquitectonica

511 East 86th Street


Neighborhood: Yorkville

Building Type: Rental


If all the rigorous Passive House certification standards are met, this new mixed-use Yorkville building will use approximately 80% less energy than similar buildings in the area. It will also provide consistently comfortable temperatures and better air quality. The building, designed by Arquitectonica, will host 5,000 square feet of retail space and 139 apartments.
Sendero Verde Rendering Handel Architects

Sendero Verde, 1691 Madison Avenue


Neighborhood: East Harlem

Building Type: Rental


The country’s largest Passive House-certified development is coming to East Harlem! The 750,000-square-foot Sendero Verde will comprise 655 affordable units, a community facility, school, commercial space, and large public courtyard. In the quest for environmental friendliness and affordability, design will not be compromised.
265 West 126th Street Rendering NYC Housing Preservation & Development

265 West 126th Street


Neighborhood: Harlem

Building Type: Rental


This 8,500-square-foot property will be home to a Passive House development designed by Aufgang Architects. It will comprise 29 affordable units, a restaurant, and Silicon Harlem, which will primarily serve as a tech incubator but also offer courses for senior citizens, children, and "everyone in between."
211 West 29th Street Rendering Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects

211 West 29th Street


Neighborhood: Chelsea

Building Type: Rental


Living in Manhattan is expensive, but residents of Passive Houses can expect to save on energy costs. A 19-story, 42-unit rental rising in Chelsea will utilize methods that will reduce heat gain and energy loss. This marks another in-progress project by Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects.
130 West 95th Street Street Exterior Google Street View

130 West 95th Street


Neighborhood: Broadway Corridor

Building Type: Townhouse


Going down the Passive House road has not been easy for this gut rehab/addition project - as the townhouse owners, Abel B’Hahn and Lorna Davis, have extensively documented on their blog. The renovated home is "aiming to be not just the most environmentally sustainable townhouse in Manhattan, but a net zero energy home." Permits for the amended design were approved just earlier this month.
527 1/2 Manhattan Avenue Exterior Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects

Harlem Passive House, 527 1/2 Manhattan Avenue


Neighborhood: Harlem

Building Type: Townhouse


Construction is wrapping up on this beautiful brownstone located in Harlem. The five-story home was gut renovated to include a perimeter built-up wall of 7” cellulose inside a vapor barrier with an outer partition wall for running electrical conduit, aluminum-clad wood windows, a Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump, and a large skylight. Passive House features aside, interiors of the home are gorgeous, modern, and airy.
ABC No Rio Rendering Paul A. Castrucci Architect

ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street


Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Building Type: Commercial


Who says Passive construction is just for residential developments? This forthcoming project is for the new and improved ABC No Rio, a community arts organization that's been around since the 1980's. The building, envisioned by Paul A. Castrucci Architect, is also expected to achieve LEED Silver status. ABC No Rio has been nearly eight years in the making and recently started taking donations to cover the higher-than-anticipated construction costs.
UES Passive House Wamo Studio

UES Passive House


Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Building Type: Rental (Likely)


Only seen on WAMO Studio's site, it looks like a plan for a ten-story Passive House is in the works in Manhattan. The Arizona-based firm's project includes 26 micro-apartments, ranging from 350 to 500 square feet each, with retail on the ground floor and a common rooftop terrace. The UES building will be "ideal for single professionals."

BROOKLYN:

Hello Townhouses Rendering Zambrano Architects

Hello Townhouses, 880 Pacific Street


Neighborhood: Prospect Heights

Building Type: Condominium


As stylish and modern as Prospect Park’s Hello Townhouses are, the aesthetics do not come at the expense of the environment. With green roofs and triple-paned windows and doors, the development is aiming for Passive House certification. These three-story, single-family houses will also have four inches of insulation on the outside and spray insulation on the inside. When we last checked in on the construction site in July, construction was still ongoing.
852 St. John's Place Rendering Zakrewski + Hyde Architects

852 St. Johns Place


Neighborhood: Crown Heights

Building Type: Rental


Another project by Zakrewski + Hyde Architects, this Crown Heights 3-story rowhouse is getting a 2-story addition and 7 rental units - all for the same cost per square foot as a standard building. The new air-tight exterior will boast a modern aesthetic of expansive strip windows and dark cladding. Construction should be wrapped up by spring 2018.
285 Grand Street Blue Zees Real Estate LLC

285 Grand Street


Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Building Type: Condominium


285 Grand Street is a 15,000-square-foot project being developed by Blue Zees and Charles Street Capital. The ground-up 4-story luxury condominium will feature just two units and retail on the first floor. David Berridge Architect is listed as the architect of record. Completion is expected this year.
1875 Broadway Rendering Georgica Green Ventures

Our Lady of Lourdes Apartments, 1875 Broadway


Neighborhood: Bushwick

Building Type: Rental


Since 2012 there have been plans to redevelop Bushwick's former Our Lady of Lourdes convent into much-needed affordable and supportive housing. Nearly five years later, the lottery opened up for 63 new units at the site. It marks the first Passive House project for OCV Architects, whose design includes a total of three buildings (two new), and sustainable features like a rooftop photovoltaic panel system, energy efficient lighting, fixtures, and appliances. The project should be completed by the end of this year.

BRONX:

425 Grand Concourse Rendering Dattner Architects

425 Grand Concourse


Neighborhood: Mott Haven

Building Type: Rental


This 300,000-square-foot development with 277 affordable apartments will use 30% of the energy of a traditional housing development. A highly insulated building envelope will provide the bulk of the energy savings, and it will be supplemented by a vegetated roof deck, solar shading, solar panels, cogen power generation, and an energy recovery system.
3365 Third Avenue Rendering Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

3365 Third Avenue


Neighborhood: Morrisania

Building Type: Rental


3365 Third Avenue will comprise a community facility space and 30 apartments on floors 2-8. The apartments will provide affordable housing across a wide income range (20-90% AMI) and meet Passive House standards. Energy-efficient measures include insulated concrete forms, an airtight building envelope, fiberglass triple-pane windows and energy recovery ventilators.
2950 Park Avenue Rendering Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

Morris II, 2950 Park Avenue


Neighborhood: Mott Haven

Building Type: Rental


Energy efficiency shouldn’t be a luxury amenity, a belief that informed Morris II. This affordable, 154-unit Bronx building will use several inches of insulation, a special ventilation system, and extra-thick windows to meet the standards of Passive House construction.
2519 Creston Avenue Magnusson Architecture and Planning

Creston Parkview, 2519 Creston Avenue


Neighborhood: Fordham

Building Type: Rental


Fordham, a neighborhood transitioning from industrial to residential, will soon see affordable housing in the form of a 12-story building dubbed "Creston Parkview." Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed the project will include a 7,300-square-foot community center and 181 below-market rentals, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Eco-friendly features will include two green roofs, extra-thick windows, high-performance appliances, and renewable building materials.
4697 Third Avenue Rendering Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

Cyrus House, 4697 Third Avenue


Neighborhood: Fordham

Building Type: Rental


More affordable housing is making its way to Fordham with this new mixed-use 7-story, 45-unit complex designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects. Cyrus House is designed to meet Passive House standards and LEED Gold certification - an impressive feat.

QUEENS:

54-25 101st Street Rendering Think Architecture and Design

54-15 101st Street


Neighborhood: Corona

Building Type: Rental


This anticipated development is poised to become the first affordable senior housing built to Passive House International Standards. Developed by HANAC, Inc. and designed by Think Architecture and Design, the 8-story building will provide 68 units, a garden, a green roof, and a preschool on the ground floor. The structure will likely be completed next year.
Check out the map below to see where all 69 of NYC's Completed or In-Progress Passive Houses are located:
writer Sandra Herrera, Ondel Hylton, Michelle Mazarella Contributing writing team for CityRealty.com.
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