First Passive Plus House in the U.S.

This Brooklyn townhouse is the first Passive Plus house in the United States aiming to achieve net-zero energy use utilizing roof top solar panels.

The original house received a restoration of the front façade, a rooftop addition with mansard roof, and a large rear addition doubling the floor area. In the rear addition, the home features a sculptural steel stair housed with double height fenestration allowing light to pour down into the lower levels while the large sliding glass Zola doors allow for a comfortable indoor-outdoor experience. The extension also includes a new modern kitchen with a 48” gas range and a hood venting to the exterior.

The original wood burning fireplace in the parlor room was retained incorporating a custom glass door enclosing the firebox. A second fireplace was added in the new top floor addition where you can also enjoy expansive views through the new floor to ceiling Zola doors to the roof deck. A south facing solar canopy installed by Brooklyn Solar Works allows the triple slider to remain open during a rainstorm as well as shades the expansive glass from the summer sun all while producing energy.

BIA Interiors was inspired by the new light filled open concept, normally not seen in townhomes. Working to maintain the cohesive feeling from the original home into the new extension, a light color palette was used throughout while creating interesting pops of color and texture in the fabrics, rugs and furniture. By using Passive House standards, the need to have radiators at windows was eliminated allowing more freedom for long decorative curtains and built-ins. Minimal ductwork allowed lighting and furniture layouts that are much more flexible. The house is a true reflection of the collaboration between architect, designer and homeowner providing a fantastic space to entertain family and friends.

General Contractor: PJOE Construction

Passive House Consultant: Sam McAfee sam@fentrend.com

Interior Designer: BIA Interiors

Photographer: John Muggenborg

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