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Park Slope is home to city’s first passive house

July 05, 2012 01:00PM

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From left: Julie Torres Moskovitz and 23 Park Place

Amid the reports that the Lower East Side arts collective ABC No Rio would be converted into a passive house, Curbed reported that a Brooklyn property won the race to become the city’s first passive house.

Passive houses must meet certain energy-efficiency standards. The project’s website states that passive houses, standards for which were conceived in Germany, are air tight and therefore consume some 75 to 90 percent less energy than regular homes.

Located at 23 Park Place in Park Slope, the building’s retrofit tacks on a rear façade, third floor and roof terrace to the property. The structure boasts special insulation and mitigated thermal bridges to help reduce energy use. Architect Julie Torres Moskovitz is the project manager.

As The Real Deal previously reported, a Prospect Heights property aiming to become a passive house called Haus 96 got attention from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for its energy efficient design. [Curbed]

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