One of our favorite parts of the annual NAPHN conference is the opportunity to tour Passive Buildings and this year is no different. Join us on Saturday, June 29th and investigate the details of what makes a Passive House building superior to the rest. This year we also have a special project from Handel Architects: The House at Cornell Tech.

Don’t miss out, you can choose your tours on the registration page: NAPHN19

Tour Schedule:

Morning Tour - PH Large Residential (10-12pm)

The House, part of Cornell Tech‘s new 2.1 million square foot technology campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, was designed to Passive House standards, which drastically reduces energy consumption while creating a healthier and more comfortable living environment for a fraction of residents’ usual energy costs. The House is the largest and tallest residential building in the world built to Passive House standards.


Morning Tour - Brooklyn Passive Row Houses (9-12pm) — 2 Locations:

43 Willow Place is one of the last surviving colonnade homes located in a row of four at the end of the block in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. Come see a Passive House home that was rescued from horrible disrepair. See an open and inviting layout with all the PH elements. See renovations with Landmarks standards on the front parlor windows and installation of French doors to match its sistering building. The rear yard was also transformed by creating a lowered open space that not only allows light but also blends the interior and exterior spaces in the cellar. This house was just completed and should be receiving its certification this month.

364 Clinton Street is a 4-story plus cellar townhouse built in 1931. Additions with Landmark approval for extra space for a kitchen and a staircase that allows that allows an open style kitchen. The cellar has been transformed from a damp storage and mechanical space with 5’- 6” high ceilings to an 8’+ deep lounge area for entertaining. A large skylight in the roof above enlarged stair openings allows for light to cascade down through the center of the townhouse. This house is currently under construction and is at a phase that really showcases what goes into air sealing and insulating a Passive House.


Afternoon Tour - Brooklyn Passive Row Houses (1-4pm) — 2 Locations:

297 Hoyt Street, Broolyn is a brownstone retrofit with horizontal and vertical expansions, under construction - 50% completed, with insulated CMU blocks for new building envelope, other Passive House components include: Klearwall triple glazed windows, mineral wool insulation, Lunos ventilation, Proclima tapes, Sto Emerald Coat, and Lamilux skylight. Solar panels on the bulkhead roof will provide 50% -75% of the electricity for the building.

439 Bergen Street, is  a Brooklyn rowhouse, originally built in the 1870s, that was retrofitted in 2014 and received EnerPHit certification!


Afternoon Tour - PH Large Residential/Mixed Commercial (1-4pm) — 2 Locations:

211 W 29th Street is a new 24 story passive house rental project that will be a mixed use, mixed income rental building in the heart of Manhattan. To reflect the changing needs of this neighbor, which is a mix of students, creative professions and longtime garment and fur distributors, the building will provide a variety of apartment layouts ranging from studio to three bedroom units.

511 East 86th Street development will offer 105 market-rate and 35 affordable rental units built to Passive House standards. The building will use approximately 80% less energy than similar buildings in the neighborhood while providing consistently comfortable temperatures and better air quality.