The Real Deal New York

Air purification systems are the latest luxury amenity

Buyers are shelling out big bucks for clean air
June 28, 2014 05:00PM

What’s air worth to you? Some well-heeled buyers are demanding ultra-luxe air purification systems prior to moving in — and developers are catching on.

For instance, to attract buyers – and hypochondriacs — the developers of 155 East 79th Street, a condominium currently under construction on the Upper East Side, will boast ventilation technology that cleanses air with a hospital operating-room-grade purification system, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And in the Hamptons, developer Peter Sabbeth is installing a $5,000 air-ventilation system in his latest spec home. The system not only exchanges air, it also uses heat from the outgoing stale air to maintain temperature and humidity. The 5,500-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-bathroom home is listed for $5.95 million.

“There’s a real big conversation in the building industry and building-science community about these things,” Barry Stephens, business development and technology director for Zehnder, a Switzerland-based company that sells energy-efficient ventilation systems, told the Journal. “Things are changing rapidly.”

Prices for a high-end system range from about $4,500 for a typically sized apartment to about $10,000 for a very large home. A system for a large apartment building can cost more than $1 million. [WSJ] Christopher Cameron