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Sendero Verde

Sendero Verde is an innovative concept in affordable housing, providing a neighborhood’s worth of services under one roof, in a building designed to Passive House standards.

Located in East Harlem in New York City, Sendero Verde is a mixed-use multi-building project awarded through the City’s SustainNYC program, which seeks to create affordable housing for New Yorkers without compromising design quality.

Sendero Verde will contain nearly 698 designated affordable units as well as extensive community space, retail space, and outdoor gardens. A school will also be operating in the space, as well as supportive programming operated by Union Settlement, which is one of the oldest settlement houses in New York City. Ground floor retail will wrap the site.

In taking a cue from an historical trail that once crossed through the site, the project is arranged around a central meandering landscaped path, which weaves through the project from Park Avenue to the western end of 111th Street and Madison Avenue. The massing is broken down into three separate volumes which frame this path, creating a central courtyard. This courtyard spills out onto different levels, creating opportunities for individual community gardens.

Sendero Verde will be Passive House certified, making it the largest fully affordable Passive House building in the world when it is completed.

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The House at Cornell Tech

The House is part of Cornell Tech’s new 2.1 million square foot technology campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The building is designed to reinforce the unique model of academic integration, multi-disciplinary research, and collaboration at the core of the Cornell Tech mission. It serves as a lively and comfortable living place for informal social interactions between students and faculty while they reside on campus.

The Cornell Tech campus itself is a ground-breaking concept, combining the innovative capacity of Silicone Valley with the financial power of Wall Street to help strengthen and transform the city’s economy. The House, the residential component of the campus, was designed to Passive House standards, which drastically reduces energy consumption while creating a healthier and more comfortable living environment for a fraction of residents’ usual energy costs.

The House is the largest and tallest residential building in the world built to Passive House standards.

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Flow Chelsea

This 24 story building is currently the tallest Infill Passive House building in the world. The mixed use project has 55 residential apartments of which 17 are affordable as well as a commercial retail space on the ground floor. The retail space is included in the Passive House envelope.
A central ERV provides fresh air to the buildings’ residential units and the project has triple glazed aluminum windows throughout.

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425 Grand Concourse

425 Grand Concourse is in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. This new mixed-use and mixed-income development will create 277 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families. The 26-story tower will be designed to Passive House standards, consuming significantly less energy than a conventional housing project. It will house a educational space for a public university, a medical facility, a supermarket, and community support space. A new accessible walkway connects Walton Avenue to Grand Concourse, alongside Garrison Playground, and a new comfort station will be housed within the building for the park.

The largest passive house project planned for North America to date, 425 Grand Concourse will surpass the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and incorporate NYC Active Design Guidelines. As a gateway to the historic Grand Concourse, one of the Bronx’s great boulevards, the new development will anchor this important corner and enhance the Mott Haven neighborhood.

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312 Canal Street

Located along a stretch of Canal Street in the West Tribeca Historical District, this 24,000 SF, mixed-use Passive House designed building will bring additional residential and commercial space to a fast-paced and constantly changing neighborhood.

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100 Flatbush Public Schools

This new 146,000 SF ultra-low energy use building designed to the rigorous Passive House standards will be a first for a NYC public school.

The building houses a New York City public primary school and Khalil Gibran International Academy, an Arabic language public high school. The project is a part of Alloy Development’s 100 Flatbush, a mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn. This community-oriented project includes units of mixed-income housing, office space, retail space, and a new cultural facility in a preserved historic structure.

The smaller scale primary school opens onto a brownstone-lined street while the Khalil Gibran International Academy’s larger scale is situated on Flatbush Avenue, a major thoroughfare with large scale commercial, cultural and residential development. It is located near Atlantic Terminal, the Brooklyn Cultural District, and Barclays Center. The existing Khalil Gibran International Academy, an Arabic language public high school, will have a new and expanded state-of-the-art home and increased school capacity for students. It will share facilities – such as a new cafeteria, gymnasium, and library – with a new public primary school on State Street.

The schools are being designed to rigorous Passive House standards as well as the New York City School Construction Authority Design Requirements, and are expected to be operational by 2023.

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14 White

Located in the TriBeCa East Historic District, 14 White Street is a 30,000 SF mixed-use building clad in a distinctive patinated etched bronze panel. Its design, a collaborative effort between DXA studio and NAVA, is a synthesis of unique site considerations and district precedents, a contemporary metal envelope meant to establish a dialogue with the neighboring cast iron manufacturing buildings.

Each bronze panel is acid etched with the very line work used to fabricate the panel using CNC technologies. The panel angles and the resultant etching vary from window to window, capitalizing on the ease of customization in automated digital fabrication and allowing for smaller apertures at private spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms, and larger at public areas like living and dining rooms. Subtle references to qualities of the district are made throughout the design, deriving the proportions, cadence and textures found on many of its neighbors.

14 White will be an ultra-efficient passive building, with large high-performance windows and a hyper and continuously insulated rain screen envelope beneath its metal clad exterior. 10 units ranging in size from 1,200 SF two-bedrooms up to 4,000 SF 4 bedrooms will occupy the floors above the 3,000 SF retail space at and below grade. Construction is slated to begin in early 2018 with completion in 2019.

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