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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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Wayne Turett’s Dream House

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A few years ago I started to see more information on Passive Houses in a number of architectural journals. The concept was simple, design a house that was very well insulated and sealed allowing very little infiltration that would reduce the demand for heating and cooling. That was the way I understood it. Perhaps I oversimplified it in my mind.  Unlike LEED, which takes many other factors in consideration, Passive House was a much more simple recipe for a very efficient house. In this journal, I will attempt to tell you my experiences as I realize a long held dream of building my own Passive House to live in. A little background: my wife, Jessica and I purchased a property in Greenport, on the North Fork of eastern Long Island, a couple of years ago with the purpose of building…

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Passive House Construction and Tapes

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Tapes have become an essential component in building today, especially with Passive House projects. Since Passive House standards require an airtight building envelope, not using tapes is not an option. Every Passive House project utilizes something called the ‘Air Barrier’ which uses one or many layers of sheathing and tapes on the structure to prevent inefficient air leaks. Tapes seal the air barrier and help to stop air leakage so that Passive House projects can stay airtight and energy efficient. It is essential to include a line item for tape in construction estimates for Passive House projects.  Many different types of tapes are used in the construction of the Greenport Passive House by Turett. Zip Tape to tape all seams of the Zip Sheathing, Aluminum faced tape to seal the polyisocyanurate insulation seams, Blueskin Butyl flashing tape in the window…

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Estimating Passive House Construction Costs

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Passive House projects have slightly different materials used in the construction, therefore costs are not always the same as conventional housing projects. In the Greenport Passive House, the air barrier is achieved using Zip Sheathing and Zip tape. Exterior insulation of polyisocyanurate (4" walls, 6" roof) and 1" wood furring is attached to the Zip Sheathing using long structural screws. This is unique to Passive House projects because the insulation used tends to be thicker than on a conventional house. In the end, over 5,000 screws were used to attach furring and insulation to the outside of the vapor barrier sheathing. The screws alone cost over $6,000. Installing insulation over the air barrier. Furring strips attached over the insulation. Over 5,000 screws were used in this project. Installing the cedar shiplap siding Shiplap cedar siding installation shot.

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The Greenport Passive House is on Schedule

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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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Greenport Passive House Update

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The Turett Collaborative is currently in the process of building a Passive House residence in Greenport, New York. Passive House buildings (also known in Europe as Passivhaus) adhere to design principles that prioritize energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. Passive House structures are very low energy buildings. They require little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive Houses employ continuous insulation throughout the entire building envelope. In the slideshow you can see how much insulation a Passive House Needs. The insulation on the Greenport Passive House will be over 4″ thick! The building envelope for a Passive House is as airtight as possible, preventing further loss of conditioned air. High-performance windows and doors further reduce heat or cooling losses. Solar positioning can be utilized for a Passive House's heating needs during cooler seasons. By working with a…

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Framing the Greenport House

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The Turett Collaborative’s Innovative Designs Meet Duravit Aesthetics

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This past week, Duravit announced the winners of their fourth annual Designer Dream Bath Competition including an honorable mention for The Turett Collaborative. The key to this bathroom design by TTC is that it isn’t a bath ‘room’ at all; it’s an integral part of the master suite, the intimate heart of the home. Traditionally, the sleeping area and washing areas are separate, but by combining the two we have exposed a symbiotic relationship. Each is enhanced by the other, together becoming a center of comfort, fully dedicated to well-being, pleasure, and repose. Where the traditional bathroom emphasizes the antiseptic surface and the clinical functionality of each device, ours is closer to a living room of aquatic delights. The tub is where the recline of the bed meets the rejuvenating  experience of the sink and shower, so the Me by…

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