Sendero Verde- Large-Scale Development Pursuing PHI Certification
In 2016, NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation solicited proposals for the redevelopment of a full city block located in East Harlem that is currently occupied by a baseball field and GreenThumb community gardens. Proposals were requested to address the design, construction, and management of a mixed-income and mixed-use affordable housing development with an emphasis on sustainability.
The project was awarded to a team of renowned NYC-based developers and architects who proposed the winning project dubbed Sendero Verde. The high-performance, sustainable development will be will be constructed in three phases that will bring over 650 affordable apartments to the East Harlem community. The team is striving to make the project a beacon of success for large-scale, multifamily Passive House development in the United States and around the world.
The project is currently in construction documents and is in the process of pre-certification review by the Passive House Institute. Construction is estimated to begin at the start of 2020.
SWA’s services for this project include Passive House design consulting and field verification; NYCECC inspections; Commissioning; Enterprise Green Communities certification support; and NYSERDA NCP program participation and incentive support.
Primary Energy Conservation Measures:
- A highly insulated and air-tight facade, including thermally broken shelf angles at all brick veneer locations and an exterior insulated finish system (EIFS) on two of the three buildings.
- Superior triple pane window assemblies consisting of thermally broken metal frames for the tower and highly insulative uPVC windows for two of the three buildings.
- Highly efficient, centralized energy recovery ventilation system.
- Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and cooling system.
- Optimized hot water recirculation strategy to reduce domestic water heating energy and cooling loads.