New housing developments are rapidly employing new and exciting innovations that make their construction, and existence, more sustainable.
A prime example is 118 East First Street in Manhattan’s East Village. Comprising four townhouse-style duplexes, the all-electric building was envisioned with sustainability top of mind.
“118 East First Street was designed to take advantage of the unusual, unobstructed views over neighboring historic districts, providing sunrises over the East Village and sunsets over SoHo,” said Warren Freyer of Freyer Collaborative Architects. "Meticulous attention to detail and commitment to sustainability make the building a standout in design not only for the neighborhood, but also the city.”
Constructed in accordance with Net-Zero energy principles and materials, the homes will feature state-of-the-art MERV-13 filters for purified air and energy-saving heat. Furthermore, each unit comes with its own e-bike, and the building offers bike storage and charging stations.
118 East First Street will showcase high-performance German Schuco windows and doors for both thermal insulation—helping to reduce energy costs and output during the winter—and sound reduction.
As if its state-of-the-art, eco-friendly materials and technologies weren’t enough, the building's contemporary interior and exterior design scheme is both sleek and luxurious.
All living spaces will be drenched in natural light from oversized windows with multiple exposures. European white oak flooring, recessed-oak baseboards, and museum-quality wall designs are just a few of the thoughtfully conceived design accents.
The homes' windowed kitchens will include European oak cabinetry by Alta Cucine to complement the floors. Greek marble countertops and backsplashes will add a sense of timeless grandeur, while state-of-the-art appliances from Miele and Bertazzoni are bound to please any chef or culinary enthusiast.
The half-floor primary suites will allow the option for a sitting area, home office, or gym. All primary baths offer heated floors, custom wood options, dual vanities, and Italian fixtures from Newform.
The building will also feature a virtual doorman and security system.