Sustainability goals are often thrown aside in discussions about affordable housing, seen as an unachievable luxury on a tight budget. But what if sustainability was possible, while staying within budget?
On August 5, Principal John Woelfling discussed this very topic and more on the “Scaling up Passive House—For the Greater Good” panel at Facades+ Conference Day 1. Moderated by Samuel Medina (The Architect’s Newspaper), John was joined by Louis Koehl (Handel Architects), Lois Arena (Steven Winter Associates), and William Zoeller (Steven Winter Associates). The panel dove into exemplary projects, 425 Grand Concourse, Sendero Verde, and the Pirelli Building—all of which have set a high standard for what can be achieved in scaled up Passive House design.
425 Grand Concourse is the largest Passive House project planned for North America to date. This new mixed-use and mixed-income development will create 277 units of affordable housing. The two-story base houses a medical facility, supermarket, community support space, and a new student services center for CUNY Hostos—each also designed by Dattner Architects. Currently in construction, 425 Grand Concourse is set to be completed next year.
The Facades+ Conference brings together some of the world’s most productive and successful building professionals and leading researchers to share insights on how façade ideas are brought to life. Held in major cities all over the country, each conference combines stimulating presentations and panels that examine the fast-paced evolution of façade technology.