Passive house construction is expensive, but condos built according to the energy-saving standard are becoming more common throughout New York City. Rentals, however, are still few and far between. Up in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, Synapse Development is working on the city’s first market-rate rental building designed to meet passive house requirements.
The seven-story development at 542 West 153rd Street topped out yesterday between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, and PR reps sent along some construction photos. Known as Perch Harlem, the eco-friendly building will have 34 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Rents will start around $2700 for a 525-square-foot one-bedroom and $3700 for an 800-square-foot two-bedroom.