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Passive affordable housing project Beach Green Dunes opens in Queens, NY


Dive Brief:

  • An affordable housing lottery has opened for 100 units in a seven-story, 94,000-square-foot multifamily building that meets Passive House standards, located in Rockaway, Queens, NY, Curbed New York reported. The application deadline is Feb. 6, 2017.

  • Developed by Bluestone Organization and Triangle Equities and designed by New York City-based architects Curtis + Ginsberg, the $32.5 million Beach Green Dunes project contains 100 units priced from $653 a month for studios to $1,597 a month for three-bedroom properties. 

  • The project is born from the Resilient Edgemere Community Planning Initiative to repair damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012 and improve the neighborhood's resilience against future weather events. It incorporates bio-swales, native vegetation, and pervious asphalt, among other energy-efficient and resilient features.

Dive Insight:

The Beach Green Dunes project is the latest in a line of ultra-sustainable projects springing up nationwide as the housing industry sharpens its focus on buildings' environmental impact.

In October, the 34-unit Perch Harlem multifamily project opened for leasing in Harlem, NY. The building is the first market-rate rental building in New York City to be designed to the Passive House standard. The developer expects to expand the Perch Living brand throughout the U.S.

In the single-family space, Searsmont, ME-based Ecocor last month teamed up with Milford, PA-based Richard Pedranti Architect to design and build a line of prefabricated Passive Houses. Ecocor makes high-performance prefabricated houses with certified Passive House components.

Passive House projects are slowly building momentum in the U.S. market, with nearly 210 listed projects in the Passive House Institute U.S. database. Despite the standard primarily being adopted in residential projects, it is also making headway in the commercial sector.

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