Like many other areas of the Bronx, Mott Haven is becoming a magnet for new construction projects. However, the neighborhood will be soon be standing out in terms of green design thanks to a new residential tower built to passive house standards on the site of the former P.S. 31 building.
Another green project, Roosevelt Island’s Cornell University Residences, is projected to be NYC’s largest and tallest high-rise building built to Passive House standards when complete.
The 24-story residential project, being developed by Trinity Financial and MBD Community Housing Corp, will consist of 241 new affordable housing apartments, each with individual energy controls and energy-efficient appliances. In addition to the residential units, the project will also be home to a health-food market, a charter school, a medical building, a community space, and social services facilities. Future residents will be able to enjoy shared landscaped terraces and a green roof. The developers have also committed to rehabilitating an adjacent playground that is currently closed.
The project is being designed to meet strict Passive House building standards and will, upon completion, be one of the largest residential Passive House buildings in NYC. Thanks to its energy-recovery systems, solar-shading devices and water-savings features, the building will use 70% less energy than conventional residential buildings.
Via Housing Finance
Lead image via Dattner Architects