The scaffolding is down and progress is being made on what could be the first Passive House in New York, according to Curbed NY. The mixed-use project is located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn at 174 Grand Street and designed by Loadingdock5, an architectural studio from the same neighborhood.
I first heard about the project from Sam Bargetz, a certified Passive House consultant with the studio. He sent me a couple email updates, and I’ve been following construction on the Loadingdock5 Passive House blog ever since.
The exterior is a dark gray exterior insulation finishing system, while the windows are wood frame and triple glaze direct from Austria, where Passivhaus is common.
As with all Passive Houses, 174 Grand Street will be heavily insulated and airtight. Loadingdock5 is planning on using a Zehnder energy recovery ventilator and one Daikin VRV mini-split for remaining heating and cooling.