From the tallest skyscraper to the humblest suburban abode, the buildings that we live and work in draw about 70 percent of the nation’s annual electricity. They burn more than a quarter of the natural gas the U.S. consumes every year.
They eat all that energy for a simple reason: They were designed to. But that needn’t be the case in the future.
Enter the “passive house,” a kind of super-efficient building that’s highly insulated, heated mostly by the sun and sealed air-tight. It is, in other words, an energy trap.
New York has a new one. The white-and-gray number, visible in the photo’s bottom-center, is dwarfed here by New York, a high-energy city in more ways than one.
Click ahead for an exclusive look at what the owner calls Queen’s first “Climate Change Row House.”
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