New York to have first passive apartment building

New York City soon will get it’s first passive house apartment building. The development is called Perch Harlem and will be built in a way that uses 80-90 percent less energy than traditionally constructed buildings, reports website Jetson Green.

The entire seven-story complex in Harlem will measure 40,000 square feet. There will be 34 one- or two-bedroom units, which will be soundproof and smell resistant, to give the residents a comfortable living experience. The building will have a glass façade, and all the interior spaces will feature reclaimed wood floors, the website reports.

In terms of sustainability features, the building will feature 8-inch insulation at the front and rear of the building. High performance triple-pane glazing will be installed throughout. There will be a special system that is capable of storing heat output from cooling systems in the summer to produce hot water.

All of the apartments are also compartmentalized in a way that minimizes air movement. Each unit also will have a central heating and cooling system and an energy-recovery ventilator, which will all be fully customizable by the residents. The units will feature large fixed windows which will let in plenty of natural light and warmth into the apartments, while there will also be smaller windows that will be fully operable.

Perch Harlem’s estimated energy use is 9.57 kWh/square feet per year, while the blower test, was recorded 0.6 at 50 Pa.

Smart technology will be an option for residents to monitor and adjust settings in their homes. Among the other amenities will be a rooftop terrace, storage areas, car and bicycle parking, a residents’ lounge, a private gym and a virtual doorman, with the option of providing concierge services via an online portal.

Developer Perch Harlem is slated to be completed by May 2016, while it also plans to build another complex in Brooklyn in the near future.


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