New Jersey Opens First Passive House Multifamily Property

Life will be a little greener in Westville, New Jersey. RPM Development Group, one of  New Jersey’s leading affordable housing developers, recently announced the opening of the state’s first passive house multifamily property. Westville Commons is a 55-plus adult community for rent. The community will open for occupancy in November/December 2018 and affordable units are currently available for those who qualify.

This green living community is setting a new standard for sustainable living by removing utility costs through passive building principles. Incorporating these principles offers a valuable path to sustainability by minimizing energy loads through the use of the sun’s internal heat sources. Techniques include heat recovery during the winter as well as strategic placement of the building to achieve shading to keep the building cool during the summer.

“When you live at Westville Commons, you don’t have to budget for any fluctuating utility costs because they’re already included in your monthly rent,” said Brian Saft, Director of Residential Leasing for RPM Development Group in a press release announcing the community completion. “Our LEED For Homes Platinum, Energy Star and Passive House certifications underscore our dedication to green living.”

The goal of this demanding construction is to reach net-zero energy. This means, the total amount of energy used annually by our homes is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created there.

In the United States, buildings are responsible for 40 percent of total energy usage. By combining energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, net zero energy homes set a new standard for sustainable living and tackle the concerns of climate change head on. As a result, there are no utility costs at Westville Commons.

Westville Commons features low-maintenance one- and two-bedroom apartment floor plans with modern layouts, stainless steel appliances and designer-inspired finishes. Other onsite amenities include: A community room; elevator service; off-street parking; a 24-hour superintendent onsite for emergencies, backup generator and a laundry room on each floor.