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Manhattan's First Passive House Coming to Harlem

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Developers Synapse Capital closed on a 9,900-square-foot lot at 542 West 153rd Street this morning and have plans to construct a 40-unit passive building on the site, Crain's reports. The building will be the first in Manhattan to meet passive standards, although there are already a handful in the outer boroughs, especially Brooklyn.

The architect for the project will be Chris Benedict, who is also building a 24-unit passive apartment building in Bushwick, and specializes in constructing energy-efficient buildings at no additional cost to developers. 542 West 153rd Street will use relatively inexpensive techniques such as airtightness, heavily insulated walls, and triple-pane windows to reduce energy consumption. Synapse plans to complete the project over the next 27 months.
· Greenest apartment building set for Manhattan [Crain's]
· Passive House coverage [Curbed]