152 Freeman Street in Greenpoint / Brooklyn / NY
We started working on a new ground-up project in one of our favorite neighborhoods, Greenpoint Brooklyn. It will be a 7-unit PassivHaus apartment building called Haus, and will be built on a typical Brooklyn-sized 25′x100′ lot.
Each of the floor-through spaces is ~700sqf; the 1st floor unit has a private rear garden and all others have a generous balcony; everybody shares the roof.
The major design challenge of this project is to prove that a PassivHaus in NYC can be built for comparatively little money — even more so than our existing PH projects, which have very reasonable construction costs but the owners opted to invest in high-end fixtures and appliances.
Haus will instead be a true Every Man experiment, and a good gauge of how reasonable it is to expect that even people with very modest budgets can build a Passive House.
Let’s see how it will all work out. We are very excited!