North America's Largest Affordable Passive House

Exterior rendering
Bronx, NY
Friday, April 5, 2019

CEUs: 3.5 PHIUS CPHC; 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

This Pro Tour offered attendees a first look at one of the newest Passive House projects in New York City –an innovative fifteen-story building providing 154-units of sustainable housing.

This event was hosted by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, the firm behind the design of this ambitious project, which was constructed by Monadnock Construction, Inc. Officially known as Park Avenue Green, the building provides much needed low-income housing to the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx while incorporating state-of-the-art building technology to create a community of environmentally comfortable homes. The ground floor also houses a 4,300-square-foot community facility for a not-for-profit, providing affordable studio and gallery space for local artists.

Along with its highly insulated and thoroughly sealed building envelope, the design incorporates storm resiliency features and includes cogeneration, an extremely efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and cooling system, and an array of photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The event began with a presentation in the building’s community room, where the hosting firm delivered a project overview, providing background on the history and design of Park Avenue Green. Attendees toured the building, hearing from additional members of the project team about their work on specific aspects of the design, including Passive House consultant and verifier Bright Power. The event concluded with a Q&A and networking reception.

Project Details

  • Units: 154
  • Square Footage: 164,000
  • Type of Construction: New - Completed February 2019
  • 34 kW Solar PV Array
  • Efficiency features include uPVC windows with 0.14 U-value and 7" of EPS insulation outboard of CMU block exterior walls
  • 65 kW Cogeneration unit, with three condensing boilers for domestic hot water
  • Project has received Enterprise Green Communities Post-Build Approval


Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10.


Thank You to the 2019 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour Series Sponsors

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Thank You to the 2019 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour New York State Series Sponsor

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Thank You to the 2019 NYC Pro Tour Series Sponsors


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