Passive house condos are all the rage in Brooklyn these days, and last week, we got to tour what is apparently the borough’s first net zero passive house development under construction at 951 Pacific Street in Crown Heights. If a building is rated net zero, that means it is able to produce as much energy as it consumes. Designed by architect Paul Castrucci, the three condos hit the market last month.
The 5,600-square-foot building has triple-glazed Shuco windows, four inches of insulation and is wrapped in an air-sealed, breathable membrane. As is typical in passive houses, each apartment has its own “energy recovery ventilation” system that dehumidifies and pre-cools outside air during the summer and mixes outgoing hot air with outside cool air in the winter, which helps reduce energy costs. A solar array on the roof provides 4 kilowatts of electricity for each unit, and there’s a solar-powered backup outlet in case the electricity goes out. The garden has a 1,200-gallon rainwater harvest system, and the kitchen features an Energy Star Electrolux fridge, induction range and granite countertops.
The three duplexes all have outdoor space. Unit No. 1 is a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath with 1,517 square feet of space and a private garden asking $1,400,000, and Unit No. 2 — the model unit we toured — is a 1,492-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath with two balconies asking $1,490,000. Unit No. 3 is priced at $1,567,000 and features three bedrooms and two baths spread across 1,567 square feet, along with two private roof terraces. It already has an accepted offer, according to the broker.
Construction is expected to finish by the end of the year. Click through for more interior photos and description.
951 Pacific Street [Official]
Apartment No. 2, pictured below, has double height ceilings on the ground floor and an open-plan living room and kitchen. The bedrooms felt a little small to us, but otherwise the layout seemed fine. The finishes looked nice, including the Carrara marble, Toto and Grohe fixtures in the bathrooms. We liked the wraparound counters with highly patterned granite in the kitchen. The white oak floors have sound-dampening materials underneath.
Lower floor bathroom:
Bedroom No. 1:
Bedroom No. 2:
Bedroom No. 3, upper level:
Upper level bath:
Upper level terrace, which overlooks the backyard:
Part of the backyard: