Ultra energy-efficient apartment building is the first for the New York borough

R-951 is the latest residence in Brooklyn to boast Passive House credentials. Unlike the Brooklyn Passive House, which gutted an old masonry building and gave it new life, R-951 is a new building designed entirely based on Passive House standards, producing all the energy it consumes.

‘[A] Passive House is an energy model which requires ultra-low energy use and mandates a strict maximum [units] of energy,’ explains architect on the project Paul Castrucci. ‘A Passive House building is primarily heated by solar gains and internal gain from people and equipment. Through use of this model we are able to economically create a super-insulated building envelope in the most efficient way possible to reduce its energy loss.’

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