Predesigned Passive House

Crafting Home in the Hudson Valley

Threshold Builders’ Predesigned Passive Houses offers smart design and a systems-based approach to construction, which enables us to offer high-quality Passive Houses.

Our process enables you to know your project's total cost at the beginning and protects you from budget overages. The base specifications on all of our models offers a premium and durable home that feels handcrafted. Panelized, prefab construction methods and optimized designs allow us to build your new Certified Passive House in a fraction of the traditional construction time.

Threshold Houses are meant to be timely and timeless. They are designed to last for generations with minimal upkeep. Their lines are both deeply familiar and modern in form, and they are staggeringly energy efficient. They are, in short, the houses we need — and they are the houses we want.

Beautifully crafted, low carbon, net-zero energy ready houses. Welcome Home.



The process of working with Threshold Building to construct a Predesigned Passive House is radically streamlined and simplified compared to a traditional design and construction undertaking. Each step is clearly defined, schedules are easily maintained, and firm project budgets are set at the onset.  In short, building a house with us is unlike any other design/build experience.

Learn more about the process of planning for your Predesigned Passive House. 

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The total price of your predesigned Passive House includes four cost variables

Site Specific

    • This is the most variable cost factor, ranging from a shovel ready city site, to a large undeveloped property on side of a mountain in the Catskills.
    • If you are you are looking for a site in a more densely populated part of the Hudson Valley, it can also be a good approach to consider finding a tear-down, which can save on your site development costs.


    • Our base pricing includes all the site planning and permitting needed to build the house on a shovel ready, Hudson Valley town property, with hookups to electrical power, sewer and city water available on the site
    • Many sites require additional pre-construction planning work, including septic system design, driveway engineering, planning board review, etc.

Site Development

    • Cost of developing a raw piece of land. Range depends on size of the parcel, how undeveloped it is, and the complexity of the systems and infrastructure needed including septic system, well drilling, driveway, tree clearing, electrical service, etc
    • We find that most Hudson Valley properties have site development costs of $60k-$80k

Model Price

    • The base pricing on our homes include quality finishes, like a standing seam metal roof, heat pump heating/cooling system, European windows, and Passive House Certification.
    • You may add additional finish details to your home, such as a deck, custom built-ins, tile, a shiplap wood accent wall, which are added to the base price of the model you choose


Threshold Builders is focused fully on creating Passive Houses and Net-Zero dwellings in the Hudson Valley. Our team of carpenters, project managers, and designers are all steeped in the theory and practice of how to create high-quality Passive Houses: buildings that will use 90% less heating and cooling energy than a code-built home, buildings that will stay comfortable and functional for a generations, homes that make us feel connected and alive.

Threshold Builders is a full service General Contractor helping clients in Ulster County, Dutchess County, Greene County, and Columbia County achieve their goals of building homes with exceptional energy performance and comfort.

Our Work


Threshold’s optimized building components create buildings with high energy performance, quick and efficient construction, and low embodied energy.

Our panelized wall system is based in wood, both for structural and thermal elements, and provides a super-insulated and airtight wall envelope with a vapor profile built for long-term durability. The use of a prefabricated building envelope is a key to our ability to dramatically reducing on-site build time and total cost.

The foundations of Threshold Builders' designs are frost protected shallow foundations, which allow for minimal site disturbance and a less expensive foundation while giving the high R-value and air sealing needed for a passive house structure.

Cellulose insulated, vented roof systems complete the home. A solid sheathing air-barrier covers the bottom of the truss system ensures that the home will stay airtight for the long haul.

Our building components are manufactured by our sister company, Threshold.


The Art of Possibility

Predesigned Passive House

Predesigned Passive House

Our refreshingly smart and simple designs utilize our optimized building components to create a certified passive house home, with quick and efficient construction, and a low embodied energy, at an affordable price.

Semi-Custom Passive House

Semi-Custom Passive House

If there are simple or even significant changes you want to make to one of our predesigned models, we can facilitator that design process, staying within the boundaries of our component system, still taking advantage of the cost and schedule savings.

Architect Designed

Architect Designed

For projects with a high level of customization, we recommend working with an architect to develop your plans. We are happy to recommend some of the best Passive House architects in the region.

Land Search and Site Assessment

Land Search and Site Assessment

We can help assess properties and provide cost estimating of site development for potential land acquisitions, including tear-downs

Site Planning and Development

Site Planning and Development

Threshold provides complete site development serves to prepare undeveloped property for your new home build

Passive House Consulting

Passive House Consulting

WUFI Passive/Certified Passive House Consulting, building siting, material or assembly selection, hydro-thermal modeling + analysis. We are constantly experimenting, pushing ourselves to invent and improve how we build.


At the center of our thesis for how deeply good work happens in the world, is belief in the power of what a small team of passionate and committed people can achieve together. 

If working with smart and dedicated people, building the best Passive House dwellings in the Hudson Valley is appealing to you, send us a note telling us a bit about your background, what attracts you to working with us, and a resume. 

Non-gender binary folks and women are encouraged to apply.


Current Positions Available 

  • We currently do not have any job openings

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Threshold Builders

845 663 1182

77 Cornell St Kingston NY 12401