Sendero Verde – Large-Scale Development Pursuing PHI Certification

Market: Multifamily
Type: Affordable Housing
Location: New York, NY
Developer/Owner: Jonathan Rose Companies
L+M Development
Acacia Network
Architect : Handel Architects, LLP
Certified Passive House Designer : Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Building Size: 3 buildings, ranging from 10 to 38 stories, 699 units total, 455,000 sf

Project Background:

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.

Project Services:

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.

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Watch the video about the construction of Sendero Verde:

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.