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Manhattan's First Passive Rental Building Will Look Like This

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6sqft has an update on the first apartment building constructed in the borough of Manhattan that will meet passive standards, which, since the last time we checked in on it, has been dubbed Perch Harlem. There isn't much going on beyond the construction fence, but there are new renderings that we haven't seen yet, which reveal that the building's facade is going to be flat and white with an asymmetrical window pattern. Inside, things look pretty normal, though they are anything but—thanks to "triple-pane windows, an energy recovery ventilation system, and high-rated insulation ... the building will consume 90 percent less carbon emissions and use 80 percent less energy when compared to similarly sized buildings." It is expected to be completed in 2016.

· Construction Update: Perch Harlem, Manhattan's First Passive House Rental Building, Rises [6sqft]
· 542 West 153rd Street coverage [Curbed]