We attended the NESEA Pro Tour of a 101-unit resilient mid-rise located in Far Rockaway, NY on May 4th, 2018 that was built to Passive House standards. We were able to see the resiliency features which included the onsite bioswale for storm water retention, raised habitable space and utilities above flood plain, flood vents and flood barriers, CoGen / PV that provides emergency power with natural light, and more. It is always a good opportunity to see a completed Passive House building. Our very own Passive House development, Atlantic East Apartments, is breaking ground in Brooklyn! We encourage everyone in the firm to continue with professional development and going on tours is one of the many ways we do just that.
Atlantic East Apartments, our new affordable development has been designed to meet passive house standards with special attention to energy conservation, and regional materials. The 10-story mixed use building. Located in an urban setting on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, the development will add 67 units of affordable housing and a community facility.
The units will enjoy a comfortable indoor environment by utilizing energy recovery system for air conditioning and heating system that will be airy at 70 to 73 degrees on the coldest day of winter and the hottest day of the summer, but still use only a fraction of the energy consumed by a typical apartment.
To meet certification requirements, a project must meet three benchmarks. The first is a certain level of air tightness, as measured by a “blower door test” and the other two are measures for energy use.
Nearly 30,000 certified passive house units have successfully been built in Europe, but in the US less than 1000 units have been certified.
The TLK Apartments, has one of its new affordable buildings near completion and ready for occupancy in the Bronx. The six-story development is designed for very low income and formerly homeless families in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. TLK creates a sustainable and safe environment with vibrant interior living spaces with access to natural lighting and an outdoor recreation space for the residents.
The second building, under construction is a mixed-use building with a community facility space and residential units.