Project Update

Greenport Passivehouse Update

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Spring is here and construction on the passive house project in Greenport, NY is starting to wrap up The heart pine flooring from Woodrights was installed by HCD Floors, with a stain by RMD Floors. Also a big Thank you to Vector East contracting for all your help on this project! This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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Barns of Greenport

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“The idea I had for the design of this house was a more contemporary design. I think of myself as a contemporary architect so I originally started designing the house as a combination of flat roof volumes. As I got closer to the reality of actually building and submitting the house to Greenport Village for approval, I realized that I might have a problem being in the historic district. Flat roofs are not historic and my assessment after talking to a number of the townsfolk was that it would not be approved. Trying to reconcile my contemporary design aesthetic with the historic requirements I turned to historic barns which I had always admired for their utilitarian beauty. I have a great book, Barns of Cape Cod by Schiffer that had some really beautiful barns that I used as inspiration. My…

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Passive House: Fresh Air by Design

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My first reaction after learning that a passive house is virtually sealed from the exterior was that it would feel claustrophobic. How can you live in a house that is completely sealed up?   The answer is you don’t in a passive house. The science of the passive house incorporates a constant flow of fresh air into the house while exhausting an equal amount of inside air. The device used is either an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation unit) or an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation unit) depending on your climate.  These units let the air that is being exhausted exchange their heat/cool or energy to the air coming in. Some of these units are over 90% efficient. Typically fresh air is introduced to the bedrooms and living rooms and the air is exhausted from the bathrooms and kitchen. In the Greenport Passive House project, we…

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Turett Passive House Siding is Being Installed!

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On site at the Turett Passive House in Greenport, New York, ship lapped cedar siding is beginning to be installed. Bill Winisky, the contractor is doing a great job mitering the corners. 

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The Blower Door Test

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Blower Door Testing is essential to verify air tightness in construction. The building is sealed before air is pumped in to the structure to detect leaks. Advanced planning is required for a passive house. Passive house requires a sealed building envelope and a considerable amount of insulation (compared to conventional houses).

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Framing the Greenport House

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Snowy Egret Passive House Turett

The Turett Collaborative Passive House

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Construction has started on an exciting new Turett Collaborative project; a Passive House style residential building on the North Fork of eastern Long Island. What is a Passive House? The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. A “Passive House” is an ultra-low energy building that requires little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive House design is a design process that is integrated with architectural design to produce structures that have the ability to passively maintain comfortable temperatures year round without investments in petrol based heating systems, or energy intensive air conditioning units. Passive House designs have minimal energy requirements, resulting in a very small carbon footprint for the building’s residents. This majestic Snowy Egret was spotted last week on the dock of the Turett Collaborative Passive House…

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36 West 10th Street Update

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36 West 10th Facade 36 West 10th Living Room 36 West 10th Kitchen 36 West 10th Master Bathroom 36 West 10th Pool 36 West 10th Rear 36 West 10th Roof This 1800’s Anglo-Italianate townhouse located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was once the home of Edward L. Godkin, founder and editor of ‘The Nation’. This townhouse renovation designed by The Turett Collaborative will include an elevator, walnut floors throughout, eco-friendly LED light fixtures, a master suite sauna, cellar-level gym complete with a 20 foot lap pool and steam room.  In addition, Turett has designed a landscaped backyard, roof decks, and 2nd floor terraces.  These renderings are just a small preview of how much work will go in to helping to bring this storied townhouse back to life as an elegant single family home.

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CIVIC HALL CAN YOU HEAR ME?

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It seems as though people (and a dog) are making good use of our phone booth installation at Civic Hall.    

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Recently Completed: Shipping Container Design in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park

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What could be more appropriate for a new harbor-side park in Brooklyn — and once the site of a great port complex – than to incorporate shipping container design.  That’s what we believed, and the New York City Parks Department agreed. As a building material, these containers offer a lot. They are abundant, and recycling is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive. The steel bones are structurally stronger than a wood frame. They are mold proof, fire proof and termite proof. On top of that, the containers can be converted off site, transported and then assembled on site, saving time and money on construction. We incorporated lots of features into what we believe is a very cool comfort station.     Completed Park Station Click here to learn more about other sustainable features of this project.

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