Green Townhouses in NYC: Race to the Top

LEED or Passiv Haus?  From the Wall Street Journal: "Developer Teddy Schiff is working to develop a niche in the New York City housing market by building green townhouses. His first project garnered Manhattan's first LEED gold-certified townhouse, a six-story home on the Upper East Side with multiple outdoor spaces and sustainable design features meant to reduce the use of energy, water and natural resources."  Full article here.  (Photo credit gbNYC Magazine writer David Roth, who proclaims that he is "personally partial to small changes in the way we build and human-scale development", also wrote about this project, and about "Passive House 1 at 174 Grand Street in Williamsburg, a (yes) passive development by Brooklyn architecture firm Loadingdock5" which "would be the first new building in New York City to meet the ambitious and rigorous Passiv Haus standards."  Full article with photo here.