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Markowitz touts energy efficiency in Prospect Heights development

A small Prospect Heights development earned a nod from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for its energy efficient design. Markowitz singled out the four-unit redevelopment project at 96 St. Marks Avenue, called Haus 96, that’s gunning to meet “Passive House” requirements.

To meet those criteria, developer Brendan Aguayo is outfitting the four-story brownstone with air-tight, densely packed insulation while maintaining continuous fresh air ventilation. As a result, the Ken Levenson-designed building will use 60 to 70 percent less energy and 90 percent less heat.

“With more and more residents moving to Brooklyn, it’s critical that we not only have a diverse housing stock — both market-rate and affordable — but that developers think ‘green,’” Markowitz said. “Brooklyn is already leading the way with LEED-certified projects using sustainable construction practices and materials like EnergyStar appliances and solar photo voltaic renewable energy systems, and now kudos to Brendan Aguayo and the redevelopment of 96 St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights for being the first multi-family project to seek Passive House EnerPHit Certification — conserving energy and ensuring Brooklyn is doing its part to build a sustainable future.”

EnerPHit is the international certification for existing properties that were retrofitted to meet the Passive House standards. Haus 96 will be the first multi-family development to earn the distinction in the United States, Aguayo said.

The property, which Aguayo purchased for $1 million last year, according to property records, will feature three 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom apartments and one 1,700-square-foot garden duplex apartment.

Aguayo, who is also a principal with Brooklyn brokerage Aguayo and Huebner, will market the units for sale, too. — Adam Fusfeld