Collection by Patrick Sisson

A Passive House Grows in Brooklyn


The R-951 project shows ultra-efficient, green construction is possible in the big city.

At the edge of the Prospect Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, near the Barclays Center, a new development is pushing the edge of sustainability and green construction. R-951, a series of three 1,500-square-foot, open-loft style apartments that went up this spring, are some of the city’s first Passive House-certified and net-zero buildings, bringing solar-powered living to a medium-density section of New York. According to architect Paul Castrucci, “It’s important for me not to be wasteful and use more fuel for many reasons, so I’ve been designing more energy-efficient buildings. This is the most aggressive so far. With the solar array on the roof, it’s like each apartment has its own solar system.” Castrucci showed us the spacious interior, which despite its green bonafides still captures the airy, open feel normally associated with urban living.

Architect Paul Castrucci found that when designing a passive house for an urban environment, he didn’t have to take...
“We estimate for a high-quality, efficient project like this, there will be a five percent premium on standard costs,”...
As far as Castrucci is concerned, he’s a modern architect with a modern view of the world, and that includes...
Castrucci has been trying to build something like this for a few years, and now feels his team has proof of concept.
Castrucci has also built in a rainwater collection system that will, based on estimates, will be able to take care of...
An additional benefit of this kind of home construction is the quiet produced by triple-glazed window and a thick...
Each unit in the building was priced at roughly $1.5 million.
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