From opulent, LEED-certified townhouses on the Upper East Side to historic ‘Eco-ttages’ on Brooklyn's waterfront to entire Manhattan enclaves filled with luxury high-rises vying to out green each other, green home building in the Big Apple is, predictably, a mixed bag.  

It makes sense then that the “it” green building trend of the moment, homes built to Germany's ultra-efficient Passive House standard, has arrived on the NYC real estate scene. While there's been a decent amount of buzz around The Hudson Passive Project, an upstate home that's on track to become New York state’s first certified Passive House, Curbed also reports that the scaffolding his recently been removed and the “funky façade” revealed at 174 Grand Street, aka Passive House 1, a project that aims to be the first Passive House in New York City.

Located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn — an area that for many needs no explanation — Passive House 1, a mixed-use project, is the latest from Williamsburg-based architecture studio Loadingdock5. True to the Passive House standard’s Euro-roots, the firm’s two principals, Werner Morath and Sam Bargetz, hail from Passive House-heavy Austria, Bargetz being a certified Passive House consultant.


For building buffs interested in the science behind Passive House standards, check out the Loadingdock5 studio blog which is a virtual treasure trove of PH info pertaining to the Grand Street project — Window Installation! Solar gain studies! Heat pumps! — and in general. These guys truly know their stuff.

And where’s there’s a Passive House 1, there’s a Passive House 2: Loadingdock5 is also at work on a Passive House retrofit in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn that involves giving a three-story building built in the late 1800s the “PH treatment.”

Stay tuned for more updates on both of these projects as they progress. 

Via [Curbed NY]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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