Passive House remodeling project wins award for reduced energy use

Passive House remodeling project wins award for reduced energy use

The Mamaroneck Passive House won the Urban Green Council`s Power to the People award for the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use.

The Urban Green Council`s 2015 EBie Awards, known as the "Oscars of existing buildings" went to the project designed by Andreas Benzing.

With the precision of a reconstructive surgeon, Benzing and his team fitted the building with a super-insulated, airtight and thermal bridge free building envelope. The result? The heating load now peaks at about 18,000 BTU/hr—representing a 70 percent reduction in energy use.

The design also incorporated exterior improvements, such as high-performance windows with a high solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) on the south facing façade, which reduces wintertime heating demand. Benzing also built a redwood pergola that provides shade for the structure’s south windows; this has led to a significant decrease in cooling demand in warm weather.

Thanks to Benzing’s team, this now EnerPHit-certified residence features a modern look and, its energy reductions that will keep it relevant and efficient for years to come.

Read more about Passive House.

Topics: Certification / LEED, Cost of Ownership, Energy Audits, Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery, Passive House

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