Five fabulous earth-friendly homes

This Passive House-certified townhouse (listed at $15 million) at 146 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights uses 15 percent of the energy of a normal townhouse thanks in part to an advanced fresh air filtration system and Zola triple-pane windows and doors for added insulation. 


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In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, April 22nd,we bring you five green homes. Some feature LEED-certification (the leader in green building certification); others include elements that are Passive House-certified, an emerging and rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building. All prove that a home can reduce its carbon footprint without sacrificing style.

A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condo at 60 White Street in Tribeca (priced at $4.625 million) includes a living/dining room with three Zola Passive House triple-pane windows, reclaimed oak flooring, and original brick walls, not to mention a custom kitchen built form locally-sourced materials.

In Williamsburg, a two-bedroom and two-bath condo at the Edge, a LEED gold-certified building at 22 North 6th Street (yours for $1.425 million), includes insulated walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, non VOC-emitting interior finishes, individual lighting and temperature controls, and occupancy sensors for lighting in common areas.

Among the green features of this 1,356-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo at the LEED platinum-certified 70 Little West Street in Battery Park City (aka The Visionaire) are a fresh air supply and exhaust system that minimizes allergens and Energy Star appliances including an energy-efficient ASKO washer/dryer.

This LEED-certified townhouse at 4 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village (on the market for $11.85 million) features state-of-the-art environmentally friendly features and appliances, including a green rooftop especially designed to retain rainwater and improve energy efficiency and air quality.