The long established north shore neighborhood of Baxter Estates has a mix of traditional homes nestled in the rolling hills of the neighborhood. My client acquired an original 900 SF ranch home set on a sloping site. The building had been vacant for over 5 years and was in disrepair. The program for the project was to expand the first floor for comfortable living spaces and add three bedrooms and a master suite on the new second floor. The basement had access to the rear yard and the area was developed into an office/guest rm, playroom for the kids, and an exercise room. A variety of different combinations of building systems and components were evaluated to achieve the best building system to provide the optimum energy performance that was the most cost effective. The system and approach selected was to alter the existing framing and add standard 2” x4” framing for the addition and new second floor. The entire shell was then cladded with 3 ¾” thick SIP panels. The SIP panels have an outboard nailing channel to fasten the SIP to the stud wall and receive the siding.  Conventional roof framing was installed with 5 ½” thick SIP panels over the sheathing. Attention was given to details of sealing all the connections and joints. The windows are cladded casements with a U= 0.28 and a SHGC of 0.41. The framed walls and the roof rafters were insulated with Batt insulation. The basement walls were insulated with Icynene spray insulation. The basement floor received a corrugated vapor barrier and ¾” rigid insulation before the subflooring was installed. The mechanical system for the 3000 SF house with conventional building would have been 7 tons of AC equipment. The analysis of Passive House Planning Package and the industry standard manual “J” calculation indicated the building only required 2 ½ tons of cooling. The system installed was a 2 ton hydronic air handler for the first floor and basement, and a 1 ½ ton hydronic air handler for the second floor.  The heating and domestic hot water were supplied by a sealed combustion gas boiler and hot water storage tank. The exhaust air from the 4 bathrooms was exhaust fans on demand with two units that were variable speed and at operated continuously at low speed. Fresh filtered air from the outside to the second floor hall was supplied by damper operated duct.  This allowed filtered conditioned air to be exchanged at the rate of 0.3 air changes per hour providing a clean healthy indoor air quality of the home.

    The existing house was destroyed by fire from Sandy. I was asked to design a passive sustainable home using the Passive House standards. The 2200 square foot, two story, four bedroom home was designed for the site. The construction utilizes SIP walls and roof panels providing a very air tight and high performance thermal barrier. The windows are triple glazed high performance tilt and turn units allowing solar heat gain while reducing the thermal transfer through the units. The entire home will be 80% better than Code by the construction.  The balance of the energy needs will be provided by a ducted multi zone mini-split system to supply auxiliary heating and cooling. An energy recovery unit will supply fresh air and remove stale air form the building continuously throughout the day. On-site energy for electricity and hot water are provided by solar thermal and PV panels.

    An exterior shell renovation, redesign of a 1980’s contemporary to provide street appeal by changing the exterior massing without altering the existing windows or doors. The exterior existing façade was removed allowing the existing sheathing and gaps around the doors and windows to be sealed, providing an air seal to the inside. A layer of rigid insulation was placed over the sheathing and sealed, providing a thermal barrier and vapor seal. The new siding is Hardi-shingle (cement fiber product with recycled content) and cultured stone thin veneer (cement and recycled stone content product).

    A residential kitchen renovation of a 1930’s manor house. The manor house style was a combination of catacomb small spaces; the renovation combined many of the spaces into the main kitchen and day room, with the balance of existing spaces to be used as the service entrance and bulk storage pantry. The design is consistent with the 1930’s architecture incorporating a wood burning brick oven, cast iron gas stove, marble pastry table and white subway tile backsplashes.

    This residential conservatory pool house was designed and built to complement the existing 1930’s existing pool and formal gardens. The conservatory was built using old world wood joinery and details. The main level includes an open lounge space with bar. The interior and exterior stair provides access to the lower level his and her changing rooms with baths.

    A three phase renovation and addition of an existing 100 year old wood frame residence. The Client’s desires are to make the renovated home as energy efficient as possible. The client was eager to implement various construction systems and mechanical systems that would provide a low energy, durable and low maintenance home. The existing structure is clad in 4” thick SIP panels over existing wood framing, then the finish brick or stucco veneer applied. The new construction is 7 ½” thick SIP panels with stud furring applied to the interior for a service wall and added insulation. Similar weathering exterior veneers are applied over the structure. The windows are very high performance units allowing little heat transfer but allowing solar radiation to enter for winter passive heat gain. The mechanical system is a geothermal heat pump which uses ground water to heat and cool the building. The lighting is all LED fixtures and the appliances are Energy Star rated. A 10 Kw PV and solar system provide electric and domestic hot water. An energy recovery system exhausts the stale and contaminated air while bringing in tempered fresh air.

    A total renovation of an existing two story residence to provide new living spaces and provide the exterior façade “street appeal”. The new plan accommodated a new master suite, separate quarters for their daughter and gracious living spaces. The renovation provided better performance of the building components. An improved thermal barrier for the house started from the basement and continued up and to the roof with sprayed icynene insulation in the basement, rigid insulation on the exterior walls, and icynene insulation in the attic rafters. The windows are high performance insulated casement units and a highly efficient HVAC system.

    A new residence which was designed to meet the Emerald Rating with the NAHB Green Certification Program. Exterior walls are 5 ½” thick Thermasteel SIP panels with brick, 2” thick thin stone or 1” thick stucco veneer. The roof is a wood truss system with 7 1/2” thick sprayed icynene insulation. The windows are the Andersen A series high performance casement units. A geothermal HVAC system using ground water provides the heating and cooling with a supply of domestic hot water.  An energy recovery system removes the stale contaminated air while supplying tempered fresh air. Landscape irrigation water is provided by a cistern tank that collects on-site storm water. The Vermont slate roof system has a 100 year lifetime use. The existing house stone veneer and the bluestone slabs were reused for the new house fireplace and patio flagging respectively.

    An 1860 farm colonial was restored using many of the original building components as requested by the Huntington Historic Commission. The windows were reglazed and storm panels were installed to improve the opening performance.  The existing clapboard siding remained and only damaged clapboard siding was replaced. The interior plaster exterior walls were removed and icynene insulation was sprayed between the studs to improve the air sealing and thermal barrier of the house. New asphalt roofing was installed replacing the old leaky roofing. The interior was updated with new kitchen cabinets and bathrooms. The original floors and doors were refinished, and the original door hardware was used.

    The residence is a 7000 SF seasonal home in the Ocean Club, Paradise Island, The Bahamas. The house is designed to be casual, but detailed, open and free flowing. The foyer entrance has a sculptured circular stair with a custom wrought iron railing system. The 8” wide Brazilian mahogany flooring is installed throughout the first floor while 5 ½” wide flooring is installed on the second floor. The walls and ceilings are concrete with a plaster finish coat. The crown mouldings throughout the first floor are plaster profiles. All the doors are custom made mahogany units, the entrance door incorporates custom leaded glass panels. The exterior railings and sunscreens are custom made from Spanish cedar. The entire structure is constructed from structural insulated panels made from an insulated core and sprayed concrete skin on the interior and exterior. The windows are manufactured to be hurricane resistant and low maintenance tilt and turn units. The house has an energy recovery ventilation system which provides fresh tempered air and exhausts the damp stale air. The architectural design, the orientation of the elements, sun shading, the structural thermal barrier and the ERV system provides an energy efficient home, requiring less energy to operate the home throughout the year.

    An original log home in Val David, Canada was added to with a two story 3500 SF addition in the log style architecture. The addition included a great room, master suite, two bedrooms and an office. Attention to detail and material selection of the interior finishes were an important concern for the Owners. The rooms were to be clean, crisp and warm.

    A 7000 SF, two story funeral home that is designed and will be constructed to follow the Passive House Standards. The roof is a galvanized standing seam roofing over 11” thick structural insulated panels with steel truss structural support system. The walls are 11” thick structural insulated panels with 2’ thin stone veneer or 1’ thick cement stucco veneer. The windows are high performance low E triple glazed PVC tilt and turn units. A Spanish cedar timber pergola over the roof deck promenade provides shade for the promenade and the south facing wall glazing. Geothermal heat pump for the HVAC and domestic hot water systems are designed into the building. The ventilation system is an energy recovery system to supply tempered fresh air and removes contaminated stale air. The building will be equipped with a 30 Kw PV system. A cistern system and rain gardens will capture and reuse the storm water for site irrigation.

    A 500SF master bedroom suite addition to the original Cape Cod house. The addition was built to be an energy efficient and sustainable design. The shell walls and roof were 5 ½” structural insulated panels with high performance   low E  tilt and turn windows. An energy recovery unit provides tempered fresh air while exhausting stale damp air. The balance of the house was clad in rigid insulation and many of the original windows were replaced with the high performance tilt and turn units. New hardi shingle siding was installed with new roofing.

    A passive sustainable prototype building designed for the Hampton Home and Garden Show. The building was built on site in one week to demonstrate the ease of construction, and the building components and systems that make it a sustainable building. The building can be independent from external energy sources for an extended period of time. The floor, walls and roof were 5 1/2'” thick structural insulated panels. The windows were insulated high performance low E tilt and turn units. An energy recovery system was installed to provide tempered fresh air and remove stale air. A 600 watt PV system operates the equipment and provides power for the plug-in loads and LED lighting. The end of the show, the Green Cottage was auctioned and the winner of the auction received the Cottage and the proceeds of the auction were donated to the American Heart Association.

    The concept house is a 2500 SF 1 ½ story, four bedroom house Passive House design. The walls are a combination of structural insulated panels and wood furring providing a R=50 wall, the roof is a combination of structural insulated panels and roof rafters providing a R=60 roof. Air and vapor sealing and the elimination of thermal bridging are key design elements of the house construction. Triple glazed window units with a low u value and a .5 SFGC are incorporated into the design. A geothermal heat pump system and an energy recovery system provide the heating, cooling and ventilation for the building. The lighting is low voltage LED fixtures with low voltage appliances. A PV with battery back- up and solar thermal system provide the energy for the building. This residence operates at 80 – 90 % better in energy performance than conventional construction, and during periods of utility outages is sustainable for an extended period of time.

    A 1 ½ story 3500 SF net zero energy residence built in the Village of Southampton. The walls and roof were built with structural insulated panels with high performance low E tilt and turn windows. The entire house is air and vapor sealed with no thermal bridging. Geothermal heat pump system provides radiant heating and air conditioning. A 7.5 Kw PV system supplements the electrical demand. Additional attributes are LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, recycled flooring and recycled rubber slate roofing.

    A 2000 SF two story residence nestled into a rolling hill. Client chose the 5 acre site to accommodate his two horses. In addition to the residence is a three stall barn with paddock. The walls were super insulated with high performance low E tilt and turn windows. The roof is a super insulated copper clad barrel vaulted roof system. The exterior cladding is a combination of brick, and 1” thick stucco.

    A 7000SF two story residence on a three acre matured treed site. The client desired a classic traditional home with classic exterior and interior details. A cherry paneled library, wood paneled fireplace mantels, circular stair with detailed balustrades and handrail, crown mouldings throughout, and raised panel wainscot were selected to compliment the traditional style. The construction was super insulated walls and roof systems, low E window units, a brick façade with a synthetic slate roof for low maintenance and durability.