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Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

  • 01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Tighthouse / Fabrica 718
Tighthouse  / Fabrica 718, © Hai Zhang
© Hai Zhang

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York City, United States
  • Category

  • Architectural Designer

    Fabrica 718
  • Architect of Record

    Studio Cicetti Architect
  • Design Team

    Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
  • Structural Engineer

    Anastos Engineering
  • Expediter

    Schnall Consulting
  • Contractor

    WM Dorvillier & Co
  • Passive House Engineer

    ZeroEnergy Design
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Hai Zhang
© Hai Zhang

Text description provided by the architects. Tighthouse is the first certified Passive House in NYC and represents the next wave of residential living that out-performs the vast majority of homes in the US. This retrofitted row home originally built in 1899 but substantially upgraded in 2012--one hundred-thirteen years later--performs with 90% less heating energy and 75% less energy use overall compared to the standard home.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

A continuous envelope of insulation and increased air tightness assure that the building retains its heat or cool--depending on the season. A highly efficient ventilation system, HRV, constantly runs to provide fresh air to make this home comfortable. One's carbon footprint is not only greatly reduced but the home owner utility bills are extremely low and there is no gas service. The retrofit adds a new rear facade, 3rd floor, roof terrace plus features a double-height art studio at the lowest level.

© Hai Zhang
© Hai Zhang

The house includes solar thermal for hot water and solar photovoltaic panels that help to supply site energy to the home after the Passive House design has already greatly minimized the energy requirements (so fewer solar panels required!). Tighthouse is being monitored to learn more about its performance and enables us to work to improve it and future Passive House projects. So far 30% of the home’s energy usage is provided by the solar panels on site.


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