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Greenpoint To Get Greener With New Condos in a 'Passivhaus'

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Architecture firm loadingdock5 is no stranger to designing "passive houses"—structures that are uber energy-efficient and draw little from the grid for necessities like lighting, heating, and cooling. Their boxy designs with asymmetrical windows have popped up on the Columbia Street Waterfront, in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, and in Williamsburg. But now, as first reported by YIMBY, the architects are donning a developer's hat to erect a four-story condo building with seven units in Greenpoint. They're dubbing it a "bagruppe," which is an homage to German resident-propelled housing cooperatives.

Loadingdock5 chiefs Werner Morath and Sam Bargetz paid $655,000 for a vinyl-sided building at 152 Freeman Street between Manhattan and Franklin avenues in 2011, which they subsequently demolished. After waiting around for building permits, construction is now underway at the site. (And it's relatively low-cost, too: "The major design challenge of this project is to prove that a PassivHaus in NYC can be built for comparatively little money.")

Each floor-through apartment will be around 700 square feet and come with a balcony, and while the first-floor unit will have a private garden, everyone will share a roof deck. One can only hope the eventual pricing will be in line with the lower construction costs.
· Revealed: Haus at 152 Freeman Street, Greenpoint Passive House Baugruppe [NYY]
· 152 Freeman aka Haus [loadingdock5]
· All loadingdock5 coverage [Curbed]