If all goes as planned, Harlem will soon be home to the greenest residential building in all of Manhattan. Synapse Capital development firm, which finalized their purchase for a 9,900-square-foot lot in Harlem last week, plans to build the first “passive” apartment building in the borough. The 40-unit, energy-efficient building will aim to cut heating costs by 90% through a mix of solar energy and heavy insulation.
In keeping with typical passive design principles, the building will have an airtight envelope with triple-pane windows and heavily insulated walls to cut down on heating demands. Fresh air would be pumped in through a heat recovery ventilator, a device that pre-filters and heats incoming cool air with outgoing warm air. The goal to slash energy consumption by 90% will put the passive apartment complex well above LEED standards, Synapse partner Tom Bencivengo told Crain’s.
Although a converted brownstone in Park Slope is considered the city’s first passive house, Synapse’s property will mark the first passive multi-family complex within Manhattan. The market-rate apartment building is slated to open in 2016.
Via Crain’s New York
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