Harlem Passive House Property Launches Sales

Units at the energy-efficient property start at $1.5 million.

Interior living space

Another recent example of Passive House in the Empire State: Situated in Mount Vernon, N.Y., 42 Broad is the world’s largest market-rate, multifamily high-rise to achieve Phius Passive House Design Certification. Image by Katherine Marks, photographed for Bozzuto, courtesy of Alexander Development Group

The Dovecote, a New York City development featuring a Passive House design, has launched the sales of six residences, starting at $1.5 million.

Located at 11 West 126th Street in Harlem, The Dovecote showcases works by artists Riva Dove, Kent Bloomer and Emmett Wigglesworth on its façade. Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing is overseeing sales and marketing at the property. The building was developed by Urban Artisan and The Bluestone Organization. PBDW Architects worked on the design.

The Dovecote was designed and built to Passive House standards, with advanced techniques maximizing energy conservation.

Outdoor space

Residences include white oak hardwood flooring, high-performance and energy-efficient central air conditioning, high-efficiency heat pump hot water heaters, sound-attenuating windows and washers and high-efficiency dryers. Select residences feature private outdoor space and private keyed elevator entry.

The Dovecote’s Passive House design offers continuous thick insulation of the exteriors, elimination of heat conducting materials through exterior walls, air filtration in all residences, an airtight seal around the building and high-efficiency triple-pane windows. The result is a reduction in need for energy to provide heating and cooling.

In a prepared corporate statement, an Urban Artisan official noted the building offers reductions in outside noise and interior mechanical systems, modulation of indoor humidity and reduced impact on pollution and climate change.

The Dovecote has an Ambassador-bond, brick-and-steel channel façade. An engraved stone panel features a poem by poet Rita Dove. A full wall mosaic fabricated in Ravenna, Italy, showcases an Emmett Wigglesworth painting. Distinguishing the façade are ornamental panels by Kent Bloomer, designer of Central Park’s streetlamps.

Last year, a New York State development made news when it became the largest market-rate multifamily high-rise to earn Passive House certification.

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