Frame Home Press Release

Frame Home Announces Frame 283

The first exclusively residential apartment building constructed with Cross Laminated Timber in New York City is coming to market in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The project, called Frame 283 and located at 283 Greene Avenue, is the first building from the residential living company Frame Home. Frame Home buildings are all carbon light, using the latest in eco-friendly building technologies to operate in a responsible and economical manner. These technologies include but are not limited to: passive house design; highly efficient electric cooling and heating split system units in each apartment; triple pane windows and doors; Nudura insulated concrete for the exterior of the building; and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for the structure. Large solar arrays on the roof will produce a significant amount of the energy needs of the buildings (already reduced due to the passive house design) and buildings will operate largely off the New York City energy grid, but will be connected for resiliency.

Behind the first of the Frame Home buildings are the Brooklyn-based architecture studio Loading Dock 5 and the construction management team CMA. With a focus on cutting edge technology and passive building, these firms were the perfect partners to bring to life the vision of developers Fred and Joanne Wilson.

While relatively new to New York real estate development, the Wilsons are well known in the tech/start-up ecosystem. Fred is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, and Kickstarter; and Joanne is an angel investor with a portfolio of over 100 companies, including Curbed, Parachute Home, Blue Bottle, Food52, Ring, and Justworks.

Frame 283 will offer ten two-bedroom apartments, each with state of the art kitchens and baths, as well as top of the line laundry equipment and fixtures. Second-floor units feature the addition of a generous rear yard and the 1200sf PH includes an impressive private rooftop spanning half of the building’s footprint. Units have external balconies/stairs, which allow for every apartment to have a spacious outdoor area. Private keyed elevators open directly into each home; eliminating ugly, dark interior hallways.

The expectation is that these residences will become sought-after properties in North Brooklyn and attract New Yorkers who demand modern amenities delivered sustainably.

While proponents of CLT building cite it’s green properties (it is made out of renewable wood, can sequester carbon, and does not require the burning of fossil fuels during production), it’s introduction into urban development has been somewhat controversial. Concerns about building strength and fire resistance have heretofore halted widespread use and city approval. The developers are actively working with city officials to help dispel any lingering concerns that might impede this new building technique from becoming standard in NYC. City officials joined the architects and green technology vendors on a tour of the building site at the end of 2019 to see these practices in action. It is their hope that with Frame 283 a precedent can be set for sustainable building practices to move expediently through the city’s regulatory bodies enabling more sustainable building of this kind. Frame 283 has a move-in date of January of 2020 and the next Frame Home is now planned for 118 Waverly Place, also in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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