Mixed-Income 100-Unit Development Built With Passive House Standards and Resilient Features

Mixed-Income 100-Unit Development Built With Passive House Standards and Resilient Features

Built in an area hard hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Beach Green Dunes project is one of the largest multifamily buildings certified by the Passive House Institute US.

The 100-unit Beach Green Dunes, developed in the Edgemere neighborhood of Far Rockaway, Queens, by The Bluestone Organization in partnership with Triangle Equities, is one of the largest multifamily Passive House buildings has also has achieved an Energy Star rating and participates in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program.

The project was also constructed with the resiliency features to provide added safety for residents during and after major storms, including protection from flooding and alternative power in case of system power outages. The energy-efficient features help reduce utility costs for residents and help create comfortable living environments.

The use of insulated concrete forms, energy recovery ventilation systems in each unit for greater fresh air circulation variable refrigerant flow central air source heat pumps to provide both heating and cooling.

The large rooftop solar photovoltaic system adds renewable on-site electricity production, and a natural gas-fired cogeneration system will produce electricity, all of the building’s hot water needs, and will serve as a back-up emergency generator to supply power to many life/safety systems in the building in the event of a future grid power outage.

The energy-efficient and resilient features include energy-efficient windows, solar panels, central air and heating, and individual Energy Recovery Ventilation systems in each unit for greater fresh air circulation. The exterior walls were constructed using insulated concrete forms to create a comfortable and airtight structure that lowers heating and cooling costs.

Unique use of bio-swales, hydric habitat plantings, and pervious asphalt paving will not only help to achieve full stormwater retention on sit but will also help serve the surrounding area by not adding to flows in the central sanitary/storm systems. Low-flow faucets and toilets reduce overall building water usage.

The development also is helping meet the need for mixed-income housing in the area, as the project received more than 50,000 applications for the 100 units.

The project includes studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, with 24 units for households earning 50% of the area median income (AMI), 26 units for households at 60% of the AMI, and 50 units for households earning up to 90% of the AMI. Six of the units are fully adapted and set aside for residents with mobility impairments, and three are reserved for residents with hearing and/or vision impairments.

Amenities include a Safe Lobby security system, a fitness center, an outdoor terrace with a green roof and views of the ocean, on-site laundry facilities, and bike storage.

Green Features

  • Energy Star rated building
  • Passive House certified building
  • Low-E insulated windows
  • Insulated concrete wall construction
  • Central air conditioning and heating
  • Individual energy recovery ventilation
  • EnergyStar LED lighting and Appliances
  • Solar panels on roof
  • Backup emergency generator for Life/Safety systems

The $32.2 million development received deep local support, with the city contributing the land for $1. New York City Housing Development Corp. provided tax-exempt bonds toward construction financing and subsidy toward permanent financing from its corporate reserves. New York City Housing Preservation and Development provided city capital in permanent financing as well as an allocation of low-income housing tax credits. In addition, the project received state housing tax credits from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and funds from NYSERDA.

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Star, Exteriors, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Insulation, Passive House, Rebates / Tax Credits, Solar Power, Sustainable Communities

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