R-951 Residence is a super energy efficient, three-apartment row house that features a solar PV array and a rainwater harvesting system. It is the first building in New York City to have both Passive House and Net-Zero Ready certifications. This design/develop/construct project demonstrates Paul A. Castrucci, Architects’ dedication to smart design, sustainability, and building quality. R-951 is an example of how developers can leverage the New York City ‘Zone Green’ regulations with optimal results. Inspired by the rich textural qualities of exterior shutters in dense, urban areas of Asia, the front, south facing façade is articulated with a dynamic folding screen system, which gives residents control over the solar gain in each home.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

PROGRAM: Residential


PARTNERS: Further Inc., NY State Energy Research and Development, Zero Energy Design, Aeon Solar

AWARDS: Building Brooklyn Award for Residential Low Rise (2016); AIA New York COTE Award, Honor Award (2015); NYSERDA Trailblazing Project (2015)

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Passive house and Net Zero project Press

CurbedNY, Mapping New York City's Booming Passive House Movement, by Jessica Dailey

Doggerel, "Passive House: A Road Map for Radically Reducing Energy Consumption?", by Alex Ulam

Dwell, R-951 New York, NY, by Patrick Sisson

Sallen Foundation, Getting Active on Passive House, by Nancy Anderson, PH.D. 

Inhabitat, Brooklyn's First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights, by Bridgette Meinhold