In a groundbreaking achievement for sustainable urban living, Sendero Verde in East Harlem, New York City, has become the largest fully affordable Passive House building globally. Installation of eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators throughout the building contributed to this remarkable milestone, marking a significant step forward in energy-efficient building design.
Sendero Verde, a 709-unit development in East Harlem, is a testament to affordable, sustainable housing. Awarded through the City’s SustainNYC program, this mixed-use project is developed by a collaboration between Jonathan Rose Companies, L+M Development Partners, and Acacia Network.
Designed to accommodate over 700 families with diverse income levels, including the formerly homeless, Sendero Verde is a beacon of hope and innovation. Its focus is not just on housing but also on fostering community through its plaza, gardens, school, and retail spaces.
Innovative Energy Solutions:
eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators: These regulators played an important role in achieving the Passive House certification, leading to a remarkable reduction in energy usage compared to conventional buildings.
Sustainable Design Elements: The project features a highly efficient, centralized energy recovery ventilation system, air-tight construction, triple-glazed windows, and individually heated and cooled units, all contributing to superior thermal comfort and indoor air quality.
Passive House Certification:
Energy Efficiency Standards: Sendero Verde meets rigorous Passive House standards, ensuring that it consumes only a fraction of the energy typically used for heating, cooling, and ventilation. This certification not only means lower energy costs but also a healthier living environment for residents, with consistent temperatures and improved air quality.
Design and Engineering Team:
Handel Architects, renowned for their sustainable designs, have played a crucial role in bringing this vision to life. Steven Winter Associates, Inc., as Certified Passive House Designers, alongside Mechanical Engineer: Cosentini Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers, have been instrumental in implementing the energy-efficient technologies.
Sendero Verde is not just a housing development; it’s a blueprint for the future of urban sustainability. By integrating the eFlow-Constant Airflow Regulators, the project ensures a balanced and consistent indoor air quality, crucial for the health and well-being of its residents. This technology, in tandem with the Passive House certification, means that Sendero Verde is set to provide a living environment that is not only energy-efficient but also comfortable and healthy. The significant energy savings from these initiatives benefit both the environment and the residents through reduced utility costs. Sendero Verde, therefore, stands as a testament to how innovative technologies and commitment to sustainability can harmoniously coexist, paving the way for future developments to follow this exemplary path of environmental responsibility and human-centric design.
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eFlow-CAR is a simple solution to balancing ventilation systems. Constant Airflow Regulator is a device that automatically regulates airflows in ventilation systems to constant levels. The passive control element responds to duct pressure, and requires no electric sensors, pneumatic sensors or controls. eFlow-CARspromote high indoor air quality and energy savings.
- UL 2043 Classified
- Composed of fire resistant UL 94 ABS plastic
- Diameters offered: 3”, 4″, 5”, 6”, 8″, 10″
- Operating Pressure Range: 0.08 to 2.4 in w.g. (20-600Pa)
- Airflow settings: 15-765 CFM
- Temperature Limits: -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C)
- Suitable for both supply and exhaust applications
- No external power supply needed
- Field Adjustable CFM set point
- Capable of maintaining constant airflow within +- 5% for nominal airflow throughout the target operating pressure range of 0.08 to 2.4 in.
- Standard for Energy Efficient Compliance