Creating new supportive and affordable housing takes patience, perseverance and partnership. On Thursday, June 16th Breaking Ground was proud to gather with the many organizations and individuals who made Betances Residence a reality.
Betances is Breaking Ground's first Passive House certified development, and among only a handful of supportive residences in the City to embrace the Passive House standard, among the most rigorous for reducing the energy footprint of residential and commercial developments. With a tight building envelope and engineered ventilation systems, the Passive House design ensures a high indoor air quality for Breaking Ground’s senior tenants while achieving optimal energy efficiencies. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, the building integrates biophilic design strategies, such as the incorporation of natural materials, movement patterns, and abundant natural light throughout, to enhance resident well-being. The entry to the building is focused on a framed view of the central organizing feature of the project, a verdant courtyard garden. Visible from both the sidewalk and the corridors of the residential floors, the garden creates connections between residents and the wider community, creating a cohesive pedestrian and residential experience.