HANAC Corona Multifamily Passive House
The Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. is proud to serve as energy consultant to HANAC, Inc. for its Corona Senior Residence, a 68-unit building that will provide affordable housing for senior citizens.
The innovative mixed-use building will fulfill the vision of HANAC to offer housing that not only has affordable rents but achieves goals for tenant comfort, social well-being, and energy savings. The structure and grounds will also house an early childhood educational program that serves needs of the broader community and fosters positive interactions of young and older neighbors. Prospective residents must have incomes at or under 60% of Area Median Income.
This project is intended to meet the rigorous Passive House Standard, as well as the Enterprise Green Communities criteria and requirements of NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program.
The Association for Energy Affordability, Inc., is providing energy and sustainability consulting and Passive house certification. Duncan Architect PLLC is also performing energy modeling. The project has undergone comprehensive analysis to optimize its energy performance and resident comfort. AEA’s Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHC) and Tradespersons (CPHT) go beyond technical analyses and advising the design team. They also provide on-site technical support to the selected contractor, Bruno Frustaci Contracting Inc., to ensure that energy goals – including the exacting standards for certification as a Passive House – are met. (For the past four years, AEA has partnered with the Passive House Academy to deliver training to contractors seeking to enhance the skills of their installation crews and quality assurance staff to satisfy the growing demand for high quality passive house construction in New York and elsewhere in the US.)
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Emily Lehman of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and Judi Kende of Enterprise Community Partners, well as HANAC executive director/CEO John Kaiteris, Evangeline Douris and members of the design and energy consulting teams participated in the October 25th Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new building, as did AEA passive house professionals Gina Buffone, Adam Romano, Gahl Sorkin Spanier, along with Greg Duncan, who have worked closely with the design team, HANAC’s John Napolitano and other HANAC project management staff over many months to help the project reach this milestone. They were joined at the groundbreaking by AEA’s executive director, David Hepinstall.
AEA and HANAC, both nonprofits, have a long history of collaboration to upgrade and build energy efficient, affordable housing for New Yorkers. AEA previously provided energy and sustainability consulting for George T. Douris Tower and HANAC-PCA Senior Residence. And for over 25 years, AEA has been the membership organization for community-based Weatherization Assistance Program subgrantees in the greater New York City area, including HANAC as subgrantee for a broad service territory in Queens. Under contract with the State of New York, AEA provides training and technical services including energy audits and reviews, specifications, procurement support, quality control inspections and a wide variety of technical services to its members.