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542 West 153rd Street, rendering by Chris Benedict

New York City’s First Passive House Rental Tops Out At 542 West 153rd Street in Harlem

Passive house construction is expensive, but condos built according to the energy-saving standard are becoming more common throughout New York City. Rentals, however, are still few and far between. Up in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, Synapse Development is working on the city’s first market-rate rental building designed to meet passive house requirements.

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542 West 153rd Street

Seven-Story, 34-Unit Residential Project Rises At 542 West 153rd Street, Hamilton Heights

In July of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a seven-story, 34-unit residential building at 542 West 153rd Street, in Hamilton Heights, and now the project is under construction and four stories above street level, per Harlem+Bespoke. Synapse Development Group is developing the building, with the intention to achieve Passive House standards. Units will average 865 square feet, and East Village-based Chris Benedict is designing. Completion is currently expected in the spring of 2016.


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