The world’s tallest Passive House building is steadily rising in New York City, and Inhabitat recently had a chance to check the revolutionary tower out for ourselves. When complete, Cornell Tech’s super energy-efficient residential building is expected to save a whopping 882 tons of CO2 (the equivalent of planting 5,300 new trees) per year thanks to its ultra-tight envelope and on-site geothermal and solar energy systems. Keep scrolling to take your own short video tour and get a glimpse of the breathtaking views from the tower’s top floor.
When complete, Cornell Tech Residential will provide housing for 536 of the school’s students and faculty on their new Roosevelt Island campus. Designed to meet the requirements of the stringent Passive House standard, which focuses on the use of airtight building envelopes in order to achieve a 60- to 70-percent energy usage reduction compared to traditional construction, the tower will also be a reflection of Cornell Tech’s commitment to innovation and trailblazing technology.