The Country’s Largest Passive Development Brings Affordable Housing to the South Bronx

Photo of Park Avenue Green (Bright Power)Photo of Park Avenue Green (Bright Power)

Park Avenue Green, a new affordable housing community in the South Bronx is officially the largest Passive House development in North America. Defined by a stringent checklist of sustainable requirements, the project’s design reduces the expenditure of energy by incorporating a thoroughly sealed building envelope, advanced ventilation systems, low-energy cooling systems, and rooftop solar panels.

The building is designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects who collaborated with Bright Power, a Manhattan-based energy consultant to ensure the development’s windows and walls met the rigorous energy standards required to achieve Passive House certification.

Beyond these impressive energy standards, Park Avenue Green will also offer 154 apartments including 35 units reserved for the formerly homeless. Spaceworks, a nonprofit that creates low-cost spaces for artists, will manage and operate a 4,300-square-foot community facility on the building’s ground floor. When fully operational, the facility will provide studio and gallery space for local artists.

Photo of Park Avenue Green (Bright Power)

Photo of Park Avenue Green (Bright Power)

The $48.4 million project is developed by Omni New York, who secured partial financing from the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Construction wrapped in February 2019 and apartments are currently available to prospective tenants.

Rendering of Park Avenue Green - Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

Rendering of Park Avenue Green – Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

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9 Comments on "The Country’s Largest Passive Development Brings Affordable Housing to the South Bronx"

  1. National product that total value of the goods and services, produced by a country’s ground. I has reached a particular state on its colors, go to fashion different in the neighborhood with light tones. (Thanks to YIMBY)

  2. David in Bushwick | May 24, 2019 at 9:05 am | Reply

    Buildings are responsible for 39% of greenhouse emissions in the US and passive buildings are the simple answer. The cost for added insulation and fresh-air exchangers adds very little to the construction but saves huge amounts of money over the life of the building. Very little energy is used to heat and cool the building and the space is much more comfortable for the occupants. Old buildings can be retrofitted too. Passive buildings are a critical part of turning around our current path to climate disaster.

  3. No address? No crossstreet?

  4. It’s been 2 days. How come no story about the massive Fordham Landing proposal YIMBY???

  5. The building looks great! I agree with David, building more passive houses is an ideal way to help lower greenhouse emissions.

    Yimby, I was confused by the headline and some text in the article. The Cornell Tech passive house is larger. Here are the links:

    https://passivehouse-database.org/index.php#s_09961b8a993e42636df3001289d20d04

    https://www.phius.org/phius-certification-for-buildings-products/certified-projects-database?sort=%60Projects%60.%60TreatedFloorArea%60+ASC

  6. How do I apply to live here

  7. I wanna live in that area

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