This house was our second passive house and was a significant project in that it became a repeatable template for the Passive House process. We created an open communication among our in-house team, the general contractor, engineers, consultants, and Passive House Certifiers with weekly on-site meetings to create details that were more efficient and more effective with every step of the way. As one of the earliest Passive Houses submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, we worked collaboratively with a number of preservationists as well as general contractors who were concurrently working on other projects of ours.

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It successfully became the first certified Passive House in a historic district and created the framework that we are continuously honing.

Project Name: First Certified Passive House in a Landmark District
Studio Name: Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C.

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Project size: 4600 ft2
Site size: 1679 ft2:
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 6
Location: Brooklyn , United States
Photography: Peter Peirce

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Exterior ©Peter Peirce

The renovation included digging out the cellar to accommodate a small-scale basketball court, a rear addition which needed to respect the neighbor’s angled wall to meet Landmarks requirements, and a rooftop addition that walks out onto a large roof deck. Where most of the exterior detail at the front façade remained intact, the interior historic detail had been previously removed.

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Bedroom ©Peter Peirce

This provided a blank slate for us to design an open and contemporary layout that expanded and maximized the square footage. Our clients, a family of four, came to us looking for function and comfort, and they emphasized the need for natural light and an open flow between multiple living spaces.

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Bathroom ©Peter Peirce

They also wanted a home that was healthy and as energy efficient as possible which made them a perfect candidate for a Passive House.

The collaboration also included the interior furnishings by Shawn Henderson Interior Design who provided a final layer of sophistication with tasteful finishes.

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