A Whole New Level of Personal Comfort and Carbon Responsibility
A Manhattan couple wanted a low-maintenance home and garden close to their young sons’ grandparents with no more than a 30 minute express bus commute to mid-town. They found a single family house in the right place, but it was a 1940’s fossil-fuel guzzler with snow shoveling challenges. After interviewing several architects, they engaged Lindsay to reconfigure the building employing low carbon strategies.
Passive House renovations are termed “EnerPHit”
Today instead of climbing 4 sets of steps to reach the front door, they enter at ground level into the mud room that leads to kitchen and family rooms beside the garden. Large triple-pane windows frame the views they wanted. By insulating the house exterior and stuccoing it, they saved all the interior space. A 25 square foot Passive House quality skylight and new exterior insulation are on the roof. Electric appliances and mechanical systems have minimal monthly cost and 24/7 filtered fresh air keeps the house interiors clean, free of pollen and minimizes the presence of air-born virus particles.