The Forest House apartments in New York takes affordable urban living to new sustainable green heights. The eight-story, 124-unit apartment project, located in the low-income area of the South Bronx, features a 10,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse that provides produce to tenants and neighbors.
The project features precast concrete load-bearing architectural walls embedded with thin brick, hollowcore plank, and other precast concrete pieces, including stairs and landings, lintel beams, and parapets.
Precast concrete helped with a number of the sustainable-design concepts, including using fly ash in the mixture and casting the components at a nearby plant.
Precast concrete in conjunction with a continuous inch- thick layer of XPS insulation, provided a 100% thermal separation of the building interior from the outside environment, creating high energy efficiency.
The precast was erected in four months, ensuring quick entry for interior trades to begin work so the project could meet its tight occupancy dates.