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Nations first triple net-zero housing development to rise in New York

INHABITAT by Lucy Wang, Jun 14, 2021

New York City-based Garrison Architects has unveiled designs for The Seventy-Six, a housing development that’s expected to become the first triple net-zero (energy, water and waste) project of its kind in the United States. In recognition of the pioneering project’s low-carbon ambitions, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently gave the development a Buildings of Excellence award and a portion of $13 million in funding set aside for low- or zero-carbon multi-family buildings. The $250-million Seventy-Six is being developed as part of a revitalization effort for Albany’s historic South End neighborhood and will provide 242 units across 450,000 square feet.

Developed by Corey Jones, The Seventy-Six aims to not only showcase beautiful and accessible carbon-neutral architecture but to also provide affordable housing for a historically underserved population. In addition to eco-friendly features and a nature-forward design, the housing complex will encourage community ties with the inclusion of a communal greenhouse, urban farming center and an in-house STEM training center.

“Not only do these forward-thinking designs set the standard for carbon neutrality, they directly serve our most vulnerable populations,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in a press statement. “This is how we create a cleaner, greener and more inclusive post-pandemic future for New Yorkers.”

Sustainability will be woven throughout The Seventy-Six, from the green walls that will be made visible to the surrounding community to the use of renewable energy sources that balance operational carbon emissions. Residents will also have access to an irrigated planter in their homes along with opportunities to grow their own food in the communal greenhouse as part of the project’s target for resource independence. Resource efficiency will be further optimized with the use of modular construction methods.

Images via Garrison Architects

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