Sustainable Designs & NYC Architecture

LEED Credentialed Design Leadership

Wayne Turett, founder and principal of The Turett Collaborative, is a licensed, LEED credentialed architect. Combining historic preservation and high efficiency design has always been a passion for Wayne. With New York City enacting stricter standards for energy efficient buildings, aiming to reduce building-based emissions by 30 percent by 2025 from a 2005 baseline, The Turett Collaborative is uniquely equipped to produce energy-efficient building designs that can adhere to Landmark and Preservation guidelines while also serving the needs of the client. Superinsulation is an approach to building design that predates the PassivHaus standard. With superinsulated construction and retrofitting, heat loss and gain are reduced dramatically by using much higher levels of insulation and airtightness than in conventional building construction, reducing heating and cooling costs up to 75%. In New York City, utilizing the superinsulation method in a renovated townhouse dramatically reduces heating and cooling needs. This approach reduces the carbon footprint of the building, while also allowing for smaller, quieter, less energy-intensive mechanical systems that can take up precious square footage.

PassivHaus Construction

PassivHaus construction is one of the world’s most demanding energy standard. It is a building design/construction practice that utilizes an airtight, super-insulated building envelope and minimizes energy consumption while providing superior thermal comfort to occupants. A heat recovery ventilator supplies constant fresh air to the home’s interior while recovering 90% of thermal energy from exhaust air for reuse inside.

Green / Energy Efficient Design

Energy-efficient home design can utilize many different green design practices. The right approach is different for every client. At The Turett Collaborative, the strategy used most frequently is superinsulation, where heat and cooling losses are reduced dramatically by using much higher levels of insulation and air-tightness than in conventional building construction. This method can be used for any type of structure in any climate, and can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 75% vs. conventional construction.

Some super-insulated projects by The Turett Collaborative include: