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Greenport Passive House Open House

This November 9 – 11th The Turett Collaborative will be participating in the International Passive House Open days with a very exciting project – Wayne Turett’s very own recently completed Passive House in Greenport, New York. Passive House buildings are characterized by excellent thermal insulation, triple glazed windows, and a ventilation system with heat recovery… Read more

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

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

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

Estimating Passive House Construction Costs

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… 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. 

Greenport Passive House Update

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… Read more

Wall Street Journal Hears Passive House Buzz in New York

“In 2010, the New York region had about 50,000 square feet of passive-design building projects planned, said Ken Levenson, founding board member of New York Passive House, a nonprofit organization that provides education and promotes passive-design methods and principles. Today he estimates well over 3.5 million square feet of passive-design projects are in the pipeline.”… Read more

Sight Unseen Offsite 2017

Sight Unseen Offsite is one of NYCxDesign week’s most important places to discover the latest in independent design. It is curated annually by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer of the eponymous www.Sightunseen.com. Here you will find a curated selection of team favorites from one of our favorite fairs!