Category: Project Update

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

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

Turett Passive House Siding is Being Installed!

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. 

The Blower Door Test

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).

The Turett Collaborative Passive House

Snowy Egret Passive House Turett

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”… Read more

36 West 10th Street Update

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… Read more


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

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

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… Read more