425 Grand Concourse to debut as the nation’s tallest passive house tower in Mott Haven, Bronx

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The Bronx will soon be home to the nation’s largest passive house skyscraper development. Located at 425 Grand Concourse in Mott Haven, the 26-story building will create 277 affordable housing units, a neighborhood supermarket, community health center, cultural center and 30,000 square foot educational facility for the Hostos Community College of CUNY.

The 277 apartments at 425 Grand Concourse will be reserved for low and modest income households and individuals. Residential amenity spaces will include an outdoor recreation terrace on the 25th floor, two communal lounges, a gym, laundry rooms, bicycle storage and a landscaped rooftop terrace on the third floor.

As a passive house building, the structure incorporates a high performance envelope that provides greater airtightness compared to typical construction and building standards. This translates into reduced heat loss or temperature gain, better temperature control and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The building will also include lighting systems, building mechanisms and energy efficient installations. For tenants, this should result in lower monthly utility bills.

Durable Design Features of the 425 Grand Concourse – Courtesy of Dattner Architects

Rendering of lower levels than 425 Grand Concourse - Courtesy of Dattner Architects

Rendering of lower levels than 425 Grand Concourse – Courtesy of Dattner Architects

Aerial rendering of 425 Grand Concourse - Courtesy of Dattner Architects

Aerial rendering of 425 Grand Concourse – Courtesy of Dattner Architects

Designed by Dattner Architects, the structure will eventually include 310,000 square feet. The building’s superstructure was completed in early January and today construction is 75 percent complete. The project is expected to begin in spring 2022.

“A large multi-family development such as the 425 Grand Concourse is the ideal project to use the passive house design, as the ratio of the envelope size to the volume of the closed building is very favorable,” said Christoph Stump, vice president of design and construction for Trinity Financial. in New York, one of the three developers responsible for the project. “Energy recovery ventilation, heat recovery heating and cooling, and the extra labor involved in creating an airtight building with minimal thermal bridging add relatively little cost to a project. “

The development team also includes MBD Community Housing Corporation and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Monadnock Construction is the general contractor.

“Our rapid progress on the 425 Grand Concourse is exciting to watch every day, and it really energizes the entire community of Mott Haven in the Bronx,” said Thomas Brown, vice president of development for Trinity Financial, who oversees the operations of the company in New York. “The residents who will occupy the 277 affordable housing units will form the heart and soul of what we create. “

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