Development Type
  • Institutional Housing
  • New Construction
  • Sustainability
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Joint Venture Development
Sustainable Features
  • Real-time Energy Use Feedback
  • Thermally Insulated Facade
  • Energy Recovery Ventilators
  • Low VOC-paint
  • 2017

World's Largest Passive House

The House at Cornell Tech is a 26-story, 352-unit residential high rise tower located on Cornell Tech’s campus on Roosevelt Island. At completion, The House was the largest building in the world to be certified to Passive House standards. Passive House, the most rigorous design energy efficiency standard in the world cuts energy consumption by an estimated 60-80% compared to standard code buildings. The House is home to students, faculty, and affiliates of the Cornell Tech graduate school and features two lounges, an outdoor terrace, a fitness room, and 24-hour study rooms. Aligned with Cornell Tech’s mission, the residential building set a new standard for high rise residential design, technology, and innovation with a “best in class” approach to all building systems. This project was awarded ‘Project of the Year’ in 2017 by the USGBC.

Project Team: Monadnock Construction, Handel Architects, Steven Winter Associates, Buro Happold Engineers, Vidaris, Future Green Studio, Wells Fargo, Cornell University, Related Companies

We hope this will serve as a model for how Passive House standards can be brought to scale in the United States and create a new template for green design here in New York City.
— Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean of Cornell Tech
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The House at CornellTech Awards
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LEED for Homes Platinum
LEED for Homes Platinum
The House at CornellTech
Passive House
Passive House
Passive House Institute U.S.
The House at CornellTech
LEED for Homes--Project of the Year
LEED for Homes--Project of the Year
The House at CornellTech
The House at CornellTech Press
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