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The Catskill Project Passive House

Passive House in Livingston Manor, New York

In collaboration with architect Buck Moorhead, Bensonwood Tektoniks is building high quality, high-performance homes in the first carbon-neutral community in its region, The Catskill Project. To date, Bensonwood Tektoniks has built a model home (the Balsam Passive House featured here) plus two additional homes with many more planned. In this soon-to-be certified Passive House, the rich sensory experience of materials is matched by exceptional air quality and consistent, comfortable temperatures in any season. Surrounded by 90 acres of wooded terrain, this home connects with grounding expanses of nature from every angle, particularly through the soaring great room’s oversized windows or from the contemporary kitchen with its  open, floating shelves.  


Buck Moorhead (BMA)




2,220 sq ft
3 bed 2.5 bath

Structure Details

R47 WFB10 wall
R60 roof
Triple pane windows and doors


Open floor plan with vaulted loft space

Roof deck

Primary bedroom on the first floor

Energy Details

Fully electric (fossil fuel free)

Air-source heat pump

High performance Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

Designed to Passive House standards


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