‘It’s a sanctuary’: the magic of quiet, low-cost, allergy-free ‘passive’ homes

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Energy-efficient passive design is catching on in New York and other cities as climate concerns rise

by Aliya Uteuova with photographs by Danielle Amy


The first night Stephanie Silva spent at her new Brooklyn apartment was uncommonly quiet. So was the following morning and the next day. The 32-year-old native New Yorker had forgotten the last time she was able to mute the city of 8.8 million.

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