This Upper West Side historic townhouse conversion is one of the tightest Certified EnerPHit townhouses on record in New York City. The final blower door test for certification recorded the air tightness at 32 air changes per hour, which is well below the criteria of 1.0.

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Project Name: Historic Upper West Side Passive Townhouse
Studio Name: Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C.

Project size: 6040 ft2
Site size: 1839 ft2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 6
Location: New York , United States
Photography: Adam kane Macchias

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Historic Upper West Side Passive Townhouse by Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C. - Sheet2
Exterior ©Adam kane Macchias

This house included the restoration of a historic brownstone façade and the re-installation of a previously removed brownstone stoop. The rear façade features modern detailing with a large double height glass opening and a Klearwall, triple glazed, glass corner window.

Historic Upper West Side Passive Townhouse by Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C. - Sheet1
Bathroom ©Adam kane Macchias

The interior of the house has an open concept, which makes the 18-foot-wide house with elevator and elaborate staircase feel quite spacious. The second floor of the house is fully dedicated to the master suite, and the third floor features a multifunctioning space with large, 10 foot wide floor-to-ceiling pocket doors.

Kitchen ©Adam kane Macchias

The elevator gives direct access to the roof bulkhead and opens onto a roof terrace designed for outdoor living. The entire mechanical system consists of one Zehnder ERV and one 3-Ton Mitsubishi City Multi condenser. This townhouse provides the energy efficiency of a Passive House with no sacrifice to high end luxury living.

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