Passive House Contemporary Townhouse

First Passive House Plus in North America

Penthouse of a Carroll Gardens townhouse with bluestone pavers, striped outdoor furniture, sliding glass doors, and a rooftop solar array.

This Carroll Gardens townhouse is the first Certified Passive House Plus in North America, working towards net-zero energy via a rooftop solar array.

After Rear facade of a Carroll Gardens Passive House with three stories of glass on the left side, and large expanses of glass at the right. Atop the right side of the building, railing creates a barrier for the roofdeck. Stone pavers separate the grass from a dining area with a hammock in the back yard.
Before Rear facade of a brick townhouse in Carroll Gardens with small windows and a suspended deck before our renovation.
A sculptural staircase and large expanses of glass connect the indoors and outdoors throughout the home in the large rear addition.
After Solar canopy that doubles as an awning shading a rooftop patio.
Before Carroll Gardens rooftop with a hatch leading to the attic, a skylight, and shiny reflective surface covering the roof.
On the roof, a south-facing solar canopy provides shade from the summer sun and protection from rain.
Eat-in kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and accents, a marble-topped island, and a sliding glass door leading to a juliet balcony. To the right of the image, a dark wood dining table is in front of a staircase leading down to the next level of the house. A blonde woman holding a vase of flowers walks from the left to the right of the frame.
Front facade of a brick Carroll Gardens Passive house with carved brownstone lintels.
Rear facade of a brick townhouse with large expanses of glass, a rooftop balcony, and large sliding glass doors

Note from the Architect

We restored the front façade and designed a mansard rooftop addition and large rear addition – doubling the floor area. On the interiors, BIA Interiors was inspired by the home's light-filled open concept.

Large sliding glass doors separating an attic space from the roof deck. The roof deck has bluestone pavers and is covered by a solar canopy.
Playroom with a green carpet, orange and yellow picnic table, blue star-patterned teepee, open-riser and open stringer sculptural staircase, and dark wood accents. A child-size grand piano sits at the right corner of the frame.
Wine room with large, dark wood doors, reclaimed wood storage cubbies, and light grey floors.
Brick alley with two bikes suspended in the air.
Wet bar with tan backsplash, wood shelves, and a grey countertop. The ceiling of the room is angular and accented by exposed wood beams.
Parlor with built-in bookshelf and a large portrait of a woman in a gold frame.
Corner of a child's bedroom with striped wallpaper on the ceiling, suspended bookshelves, Roman shades, and a white and pink striped comforter at the bottom of the frame.
A kitchen with dark wood cabinetry, a metal range hood and refrigerator, marble-topped cherry island and marble backsplash.
Sculptural staircase with open stringers and open risers in front of large, floor to ceiling windows.
Bathroom with a shower stall, grey tile photos, and black and white patterned wallpaper.
  • BIA Interiors
  • Brooklyn Solarworks
  • P Joe Construction
  • John Muggenborg
  • Seth Caplan
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