Category: Blog

Inspiration:Riola Parish Church / Alvar Aalto

Designed by Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, Riola Parrish Church is a stunning concrete form which mimics and modulates with the contours of its Italian landscape. The magnificent baptistery, completed in 1978, is located eight kilometers south of Bologna in the small town of Riola. Aalto’s evocative modernist architecture captures the spirit of this mountain setting;… Read more

Fall Deck Season in Greenport

Fall deck season is here! Construction on Wayne’s Passive House is complete. The next step to install the landscaping and bioswale.  

Flashback Friday 8/24/2018

Flashback Friday? Who remembers the 86 Franklin office. The cat has since left to start their own design/build operation.

Wayne’s Top Things You Should Know About Building a Passive House

What is a Passive House? You might not be familiar with the story of how I came to design and build a Passive House residence in Greenport, New York. Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that… Read more

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