Hudson Cos. and The Related Cos. Building Passive House Student Housing for Cornell in New York

by Scott Reid

New York — Cornell Tech, the technology-focused campus of Cornell University in New York, is building the first residential building on its Roosevelt Island campus, developed in partnership with the Hudson Companies and The Related Companies.

The building, designed by Handel Architects, will become the first high-rise residential building in the world built to Passive House standards.

Passive House (PH) is an international building standard that reduces energy consumption while creating a more comfortable living environment for a fraction of the usual energy costs. PH buildings consume 60 to 70 percent less energy than typical building stock, surpassing standards like LEED and NYSERDA.

Construction on the 270-foot tall building that will include approximately 350 residential units is now underway. The building is slated to open as part of the campus’ first phase in 2017.

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