The Brooklyn Eagle recently wrote that the borough is on the forefront of New York City’s Passive House movement and focused on an EnerPHit project located at 37 Sidney Place as proof. Longtime fans of the Accelerator might recognize the building, as it was the centerpiece of the very first episode of Construction Tech, which aired on November 17, 2020. At the time the episode was shot, the townhome was still under construction and the project team—which included Construction Tech cohost Kevin Brennan of Brennan and Brennan Insulation and Air Tightness and Accelerator founder Michael Ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects—centered their discussion on installation of an enormous Lamilux PR-60, which is 17’-9” x 8’ and is separated into five glass fields. The article in the Eagle, however, takes a look at the finished product and the way that Passive House is helping New York City get to Net Zero.
“You can’t get to Net Zero unless you build a better building that doesn’t need as much energy,” Ingui told the Eagle. “A lot of people debate how we should get our heating, whether it’s oil or gas. What if we could design houses that don’t need that at all? I only have to heat my house ten days a year because I have built a better building. It’s a real game-changer to think you can do that in New York City.”
See the full article in the Brooklyn Eagle here.
Title image courtesy of Hovey Design.