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NYC Passive Houses Mapping All of NYC's Passive House Projects
Updated 9/20/2019 with the latest details on 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 73* Passive House projects in the city, 28 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.

*This is an ongoing list and will continually be updated as more Passive House projects emerge.

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. It will also feature brick piers interwoven with terra cotta baguettes, which create a rain screen for the contemporary triple-paned windows beneath. The 8-story project will host 7 units, including a duplex apartment. According to BKSK's site, occupancy is estimated for mid-2020.
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 Houston House rendering via Lee Properties Group

Houston House, 298 East 2nd Street


Neighborhood: East Village

Building Type: Condominium


Brought forth by Lee Properties Group and Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects, this condo project will feature six full-floor units and a duplex townhouse with a projected sellout of $26.9 million. 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. Construction topped out last spring, and completion is estimated for the fourth quarter of 2020.
11 west 126th street Rendering The Bluestone Organization

11 West 126th Street


Neighborhood: Harlem

Building Type: Condominium


11 West 126th Street recently topped out and revealed its facade. The windows have been installed, but a Harlem Bespoke post notes that construction stalled earlier this summer. When complete, it will hold six full-floor residences, a common roof terrace, a fitness center, a laundry room, and residential storage.
544 East 13th Street Reno Google Street View Image (Sep 2017)

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 six units available from $2,550/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

312-322 Canal Street


Neighborhood: Tribeca

Building Type: Rental


Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a new design by Paul A. Castrucci Architect in January 2018, stating that the overhauled design fits better with the district in terms of rhythm and height. What has not changed, though, are plans for a 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. Construction is in progress on the Arquitectonica-designed building, which 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


Earlier this summer, a deal was reached for the first phase of this 100 percent affordable, 750,000-square-foot mixed-use development, which will comprise 655 affordable units, a community facility, school, commercial space, and large public courtyard. Construction on the design by Handel Architects is expected to start in the coming weeks, and completion is estimated for 2022.
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 Flow Chelsea via CityRealty

Flow Chelsea, 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 24-story, 55-unit rental nearing completion in Chelsea will utilize methods that will reduce heat gain and energy loss. This marks another in-progress project by Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects. An affordable lottery for 15 units took place earlier this summer, and the leasing launch for market-rate units is on the horizon.
14-White-Street-1 14 White Street rendering via DXA Studio

14 White Street


Neighborhood: Tribeca

Building Type: Condo


This new building is in the Tribeca East Historic District, and its 85-foot height and contemporary metal envelope were designed by DXA Studio and NAVA to create a dialogue with its historic cast iron neighbors. However, the new building is not all style and no substance: It was built to Passive House standards with high-performance windows and a continuously insulated rain screen envelope beneath the metal-clad exterior. Construction topped out last spring.
16 East 126th Street Photo by CityRealty

16 East 126th Street


Neighborhood: Harlem

Building Type: Townhouse


This Harlem brownstone retrofit is has been undergoing a renovation since 2016. The construction process involves a vertical partial floor expansion and converting its 11 units into just two duplex apartments with a roof deck. Permits list Downtown Designworks Architecture as the architect of record.
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 House 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. The original building has been demolished, and the Department of Buildings has approved its environmentally friendly replacement.

BROOKLYN:

283-Greene-Avenue-1 Rendering of 283 Greene Avenue via Loadingdock5

283 Greene Avenue


Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

Building Type: Condominium


283 Greene Avenue is a condo conversion of a two-story manufacturing building in Clinton Hill. The cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the construction comes from sustainably managed forests, and its weather-tight panels will go hand in hand with Passive House standards. CLT construction can also help with climate change by improving the building's carbon storage by almost 68 percent. Construction topped out earlier this summer.
Hello Townhouses Rendering Zambrano Architects

Hello Townhaus, 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. The development is no longer aiming for Passive House certification but will employ green roofs and triple-paned windows and doors. These three-story, single-family houses will also have four inches of insulation on the outside and spray insulation on the inside. The combination of style and sustainability has proven irresistible -- only one unit for $2.4 million remains on the market.
210-Pacific-Street-1 210 Pacific Street via Halstead

210 Pacific Street


Neighborhood: Boerum Hill

Building Type: Condominium


Situated in a prime Brooklyn location, this luxury condominium was built to Passive House standards with extensive insulation, triple-glazed windows, an advanced solar hot water system, and individual energy recovery units. Its green approach extends to the amenities, which include an electric vehicle charging system in the enclosed parking garage. A penthouse is currently on the market for $5.995 million.
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. The facade is on the way up, and an accepted offering plan lists a $6.7 million sellout.
424-Melrose-Street-1 The Mennonite via Chris Benedict

The Mennonite, 424 Melrose Street


Neighborhood: Bushwick



Building Type: Rental
Developed in a joint venture with Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council and the United Mennonite Church, this four-story, 24-unit building is wrapped in one of the most energy-efficient envelopes in New York City. It also features 16 thermal solar panels and two small boilers on the roof. According to Brownstoner, it uses only 10 percent of the energy of comparably sized buildings.
Chestnut Commons Rendering Dattner Architects

Chestnut Commons, 3269 Atlantic Avenue


Neighborhood: East New York

Building Type: Rental


Announced in late October, Chesnut Commons is a brand new all-affordable building coming to the underserved neighborhood of East New York. Along with 274 units, the new development will also have recreation & social services, a satellite campus for Kingsborough Community College, a performing arts center, a food incubator, and a 2,000-square-foot bank. Dattner Architects is tasked with designing Chestnut Commons to Passive House standards.
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. The project is currently on-site.
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, construction appears to have wound down and a 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.
803-Knickerbocker-Avenue-1 Knickerbocker Commons via New York Housing Conference

Knickerbocker Commons, 803 Knickerbocker Avenue


Neighborhood: Bushwick

Building Type: Rental


The six-story, 24-unit Knickerbocker Commons has the distinction of being New York's first affordable multi-family building to be built and designed to Passive House standards. Its environmentally friendly features include a sculpted EIFS facade that optimizes solar gain and shading, replacing the traditional heating system, and low-voltage equipment and water reuse that also decrease energy costs.

BRONX:

448-East-143rd-Street-1 Rendering of 448 East 143rd Street via Breaking Ground

Betances V, 448 East 143rd Street


Neighborhood: Mott Haven

Building Type: Rental


Betances V is being designed by COOKFOX to reduce reliance on energy supplies. Upon completion, which is estimated for 2021, it will bring 149 studio through one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors, as well as those who have experienced homelessness. Indoor and outdoor amenities will include library, common area, terrace garden, and on-site medical and psychiatric care.
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. Completion is estimated for 2020, and the latest renderings can be found here.
3365 Third Avenue Rendering Google Earth image of 3365 Third Avenue

3365 Third Avenue


Neighborhood: Morrisania

Building Type: Rental


3365 Third Avenue will comprise a community facility space and 30 apartments on floors 2-8. An affordable lottery took place in the summer of 2017 for the apartments, which 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

Park Avenue Green, 2950 Park Avenue


Neighborhood: Mott Haven

Building Type: Rental


Energy efficiency shouldn’t be a luxury amenity, a belief that informed Park Avenue Green. 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. It is the largest certified project to date, but several projects on this list are nipping at its heels and poised to overtake it.
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." 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, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, water conserving fixtures, renewable building materials, and a high performance envelope. An affordable lottery is in effect until October 30, 2019.
4697 Third Avenue Rendering Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

Cyrus House, 4697 Third Avenue


Neighborhood: Fordham

Building Type: Rental


Permits were filed last November for an 8-story, 53-unit mixed-use building to rise on a vacant parcel on the corner of East 188th Street. The project will be entirely affordable and meet Passive House standards by implementing rainwater harvesting, solar panels, and energy-efficient building materials, design, and appliances.
746 East 214th Street Aimir

746 East 214th Street


Neighborhood: Williamsbridge

Building Type: Rental


This ground-up development is the latest Passive House rental to hit the Bronx. Development firm Propco Holdings announced plans last month for the 4-story, 10-unit rental designed by Markel Architecture. Completion is estimated for 2019.

QUEENS:

Beach-Green-Dunes-01 Rendering of Beach Green Dunes via Curtis + Ginsburg Architects

Beach Green Dunes I and II


Neighborhood: Far Rockaway

Building Type: Rental


One block from the Atlantic Ocean, Beach Green Dunes I and II comprises 228 affordable units reserved for very-low-, low-, and moderate-income households. Innovations in construction include a progressive building envelope, a bio swale garden to treat and retain storm water, solar photovoltaics on the roof, and a geothermal heating/cooling system underground. An affordable lottery for the first phase received more than 50,000 applications for 100 apartments, and a lottery for the second phase took place earlier this spring.
93-01-Sutphin-Boulevard-1 Rendering of The Crossing at Jamaica Station via FXCollaborative

The Crossing at Jamaica Station, 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard


Neighborhood: Jamaica

Building Type: Rental


This mixed-use development is conveniently located directly across from Jamaica Terminal. Its easy access to public transportation will surely be taken into consideration for LEED Silver certification, as will its construction to Passive House standards, on-site cogeneration plant, water-saving plumbing systems, and green roofs. The groundbreaking took place in the spring of 2017, and completion is estimated for 2020.
54-25 101st Street Rendering Think Architecture and Design

HANAC Senior Residence, 54-15 101st Street


Neighborhood: Corona

Building Type: Rental


This spring, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz were on hand to celebrate the opening of the first affordable senior housing development built to Passive House standards. The eight-story building includes a pre-K, backyard, community rooms, garden, green roof, and services of an on-site social worker.
Check out the map below or click here to see where all of NYC's Completed or In-Progress Passive Houses are located:
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