At the edge of the Prospect Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, 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 in early 2015, 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.
As far as Castrucci is concerned, he’s a modern architect with a modern view of the world, and that includes sustainability and aesthetics. “Good architecture will always relate to the sun and light; that’s important,” he says. In addition, with a solar array on the roof providing about a 4.2 kilowatt system per apartment, it’s like each resident has their own utility company.