Category: Blog

West Village Condo Renovation

A longtime client wanted to have some updates made to their West Village condo. It’s almost finished and our client can’t wait to move back in and enjoy their “new” space. Here is a sneak preview.

Avenue Road Showroom Visit

The TTC team recently visited the Avenue Road showroom in Chelsea as a team outing. Thank you for hosting us Avenue Road!

Greenport Passivehouse Update

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!

Barns of Greenport

“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… Read more

From CityRealty.com:The Ultimate Map of NYC’s Passive House Movement

With buildings consuming the bulk of the city’s energy and emitting most of its greenhouse gases, it’s common sense that cutting inefficiencies here would be a primary focus in fighting climate change. Following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a pioneering initiative that would… Read more

Passive House: Fresh Air by Design

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… Read more

Upper West Side Townhouse Designed by Turett is on the Market

Positioned on a prime, picture-perfect, tree-lined West Side block, just a few feet from Central Park, this gut-renovated and rebuilt Renaissance Revival 8,564 sf townhouse beauty delivers on every level. Originally built in 1910 and designed by architect George M. Walgrove, this classic turn of the century home, noteworthy for its distinctive rooftop turret, has… Read more

Wayne Turett’s Dream House

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… Read more

Passive House Construction and Tapes

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… Read more