Cornell Tech, an applied sciences program out of Cornell University, is building a giant futuristic campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. But the most exciting part of the campus isn’t in the academic buildings or green spaces — it’s the dorms.
The campus’s 250-foot tall residential high-rise will be so energy efficient that it could change the way buildings are constructed in New York City, if not the rest of the country.
The high-rise, which will house 520 people when it’s completed in 2017, will be the world’s tallest and largest passive-house building, meeting strict energy efficiency standards set by Germany’s Passive House Institute.
When all is said and done, it will save 882 tons of CO2 each year compared to a normal building.