Passive House is a high performance building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI) originally in 1990 and by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) in 2007.
Buildings certified to Passive House standards reliably provide reduction in energy needed for heating and cooling of up to 90%, and up to 75% reduction in overall energy use, compared to existing buildings. It focuses on passive measures and building components such as insulation, airtightness and heat recovery to provide tenants with superior quality residences, while increasing long term viability for building owners through lower utility bills.
Residents benefit from great indoor air quality, comfortable and even temperatures, significantly reduced energy bills and acoustically superior homes from reduced noise attenuation from neighbors and street noise.
Beach Green Dunes is an energy-efficient resilient affordable housing development in the Edgemere section of Far Rockaway, Queens.
Once constructed, the development will be the single largest Passive House multi-family building in the country.