Live Well, Feel Good

Benefits beyond the wallet

Perch Harlem was designed to meet Passive House standards in order to provide a better apartment
experience for our tenants. Each apartment is compartmentalized meaning that our units offer central
heating and cooling, ERVs that circulate fresh air, and proper insulation which eliminates unnecessary
noise from the street (or your neighbors). Oh, and you will get all this while living in one of NYC’s
most energy efficient buildings.


Peace of Mind

Our properly designed ventilation systems keep the fresh air at a constant flow via the Zehnder ERVs, creating a comfortable and clean living environmental all year-round. Less humidity in the summer, and no need to open windows in the winter.  Further, we have built each apartment with proper interior and exterior insulation so that you have privacy and tranquility at home.


Less Energy 

At Perch Harlem we like fringe benefits, in fact, who doesn’t? With the Passive House designed building, you will be living in the most energy efficient apartment building in Manhattan. That means lower energy bills to you as well as a lower impact on the environment.


Less Waste

Passive House structures are designed and built to be air-tight with limited thermal bridges. What? This means your apartment is designed to utilize the heat from your daily use (washers/dryers, stoves, etc.) to keep you warmer in the winter, and eliminate heat spots in your apartment in the summer. That means our energy use will be up to 90% less than a traditional apartment, and we can all feel good about that.



No one controls nature, but we have designed with resiliency in mind. If Perch Harlem were ever to lose power your apartment can remain habitable far longer than traditional buildings, even in extreme temperatures.

“Perch Harlem will provide simple and community-focused
urban living and will also use 80-90 percent less energy than a
conventional equivalent.”



What is Passive Housing?

Forward Thinking for Better Living

Passive House is a building standard that provides an energy efficient, comfortable, and environmentally sound building. It has been a growing standard in construction, and the concept has proven to work globally. Numerous Passive House buildings have been monitored for air quality, occupant comfort, energy consumption, and construction as well as operating costs. The results have been published and the bottom line is that Passive House structures are built to the highest standards.

We built Perch Harlem to provide the best living environment for our tenants with the lowest impact on the environment because it’s the right way to build.

Available Units

  • 90%

    Energy Savings

    Compared to traditional building stock

  • 75%

    Less Energy Consumption

    Compared to typical new construction

  • 00%

    Wasted Energy

“The asymmetrical windows of the building were designed
specifically keeping the energy efficiency component in mind.”


Passive Housing in the Real World

From the Concept to Implementation

Passive House is a methodology that goes beyond the materials used during construction. Beginning at the design process, Perch Harlem was planned to holistically address energy usage and building airtightness to drastically reduce heating and cooling loads within the project. Further, the Passive House methodology requires the building to be airtight with fresh, filtered air constantly supplied to each unit in order to balance ventilation. As a result, Perch Harlem units are equipped with some of the highest quality building materials in the industry and provide supreme insulation to prevent temperature transfer with the outside environment, and energy recovery ventilators that bring fresh air into the living rooms and bedrooms while clearing stale air from the kitchens and bathrooms.

That means a more comfortable living environment for our residents, a substantially lower impact on the environment, and a better investment for our partners.

“We’ve redesigned urban living from the ground-up for
smarter, happier living.”