Building Science Open Houses

Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna presents citations at R-951 on August 5 2015 to (from left) Further, Inc’s Ray Sage and Wendy Brawer, Paul Castrucci Architect, and to AeonSolar’s Rob Ashmore and Angelica Ramdhari

Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna presents citations at R-951 on August 5 2015 to (from left) Further, Inc’s Ray Sage and Wendy Brawer, Paul Castrucci Architect, and to AeonSolar’s Rob Ashmore and Angelica Ramdhari

In addition to participating in the International Passive House Open House Days during construction, R-951 has hosted several building science open houses, attended by over 500 professionals, decision-makers and interested community members. These events have been cosponsored by organizations including New York Passive HouseGreen Home NYCSolar OneNYSERDA's Low Rise New Construction ProgramSallan Foundation, and Green Map System.

When this building became the first in New York City to achieve both Passive House Institute and NYSERDA Net Zero energy capable certifications, we invited the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilmember Stephen Levin, a co-sponsor of the Passive House Intro (Local Law 86), to join us. Beautiful Citations were presented by Deputy Diana Reyna recognizing R-951, its designers, developers and solar installers as part of the celebration.

PAST EVENTS and open houses

International Passive House Days - November 13-15, 2015

The award-winning R-951 will be open Sunday afternoon, Nov 15 from 2 to 5PM to share information and insights. Talks by the design and development team start at 2:30. Solar roof open 3 to 4 pm.  Several buildings are open this weekend, organized by To see this building in the international database, please click here

R-951 was part of Open House New York, in the building tour series curated by Curbed, as seen in this article. We hosted two tours of Unit 1 of this Passive House on Sunday October 18th with talks at 2pm and 4pm. The OHNY tours were completely booked! Because the discussion was focused on applying energy efficiency to both existing and new buildings, we made this handout.

Passive House + Net Zero: R-951 Residence & Climate Neutral Buildings
September 28, 2015 at BEEX
This overview with Wendy Brawer of Further, Inc., Grayson Jordan, Architect and Paul A. Castrucci, Architect was sponsored by NY Passive House. 

Two Certifications! Technical Tour of a First in NYC

Wednesday, August 5, 2015             6:30 to 8:00 pm

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This three family row house has achieved two certifications that make it a first in NYC. The R-951 Residence is certified by Passive House Institute and NYSERDA rated to be Net Zero energy capable! Our 6th technical tour with Paul Castrucci Architect, Further, Inc. and Aeon Solar had over 100 participants!

We are delighted that Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and City Councilmember Stephen Levin took part. Thank you to tour supporters GreenHomeNYC, the NY Passive House Meetup, NYSERDA Low Rise New Construction Program and Solar One for engaging so many sustainable energy and green building advocates at 951 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 

Special Earth Day Technical Open House

Wednesday, April 22, 2015             5:00 to 8:00 pm

55 professionals and interested guests joined us for our 5th Building Science Open House, co-hosted by NY Passive House, AeonSolar, GreenHomeNYC, Sallan Foundation, Urban Green Council and other sustainable building proponents.

It was a great opportunity to learn from experts and to see a home that doubles as a power plant. Nearly 500 professionals, students and interested others have toured R-951. There may be another event, email to be notified.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

2-6 PM, free

Technical Open House: All systems operational

Over 110 professionals, students and resiliency-minded people took part in this event. Special thanks to NY Passive House Meetup

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Explore the Building's science at our Passive House Open House

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

*Over 80 professionals attended

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March 13, 2014

Following our spring Technical Open House, the 'Blower Door Test' of air tightness yielded a 0.04 ACH reading, surpassing the standard of 0.06 ACH.

November 9, 2013 

R-951 was part of International NY Passive House Day where over 80 people toured the site under construction.

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