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Have You Seen NYC's Very First Passive House? We Recommend a Look

The 3,200-square-foot Park Slope home is designed to decrease energy use — and it looks fabulous.

Photo by: Hai Zhang This Brooklyn passive house, called Tighthouse, uses 90% less heating energy. It was designed by Julie Torres Moskovitz, founder of design firm Fabrica718.

We've heard a lot about passive houses, but when it comes to New York, they always seem to be located somewhere upstate. That is until we came across these photos of New York City's first certified passive house. Dubbed Tighthouse, the nearly airtight home was designed by Julie Torres Moskovitz, founder of the design firm Fabrica718. The Park Slope house is 3,200 square feet and designed for ultimate heating and cooling efficiency — using 75% less energy than standard homes. Moskovitz designed the house with green engineer ZeroEnergy Design and structural engineer Anastos Engineering.

If you want to learn more about passive houses or are thinking of designing your own, check out Moskovitz's book of 18 passive house case studies, The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design. In the meantime, take a tour of Tighthouse.

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