Mamaroneck House, Benzing Architects, passivhaus, passive house, New York, retrofit, green renovation, heat recovery ventilation system, solar panels. heat gain, solar gain, wooden frame. timber frame, sustainable building

The architects deconstructed the existing roof and recycled all the asphalt shingles, added a second floor and converted the south side of the roof into a large terrace that offers views of the harbor. An additional layer of thermal insulation was added to the two-story high wooden frame and the entire building received a vented horizontal cladding.

A red wooden pergola on the south side provides shade during the summer and reduces heat gain. The efficient ventilation system has an effective heat recovery performance of 70.9%, while the flat part of the roof boasts 28 solar panels with a capacity of 6.7 kW and inverter technology.

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The statement released by the client speaks of the efficiency and performance of the completed project: “The house feels super healthy: I wake up in the morning without the urge of opening a window to ventilate: my indoor air is filtered and completely replaced with fresh outdoor air every 3 hours. The air does not feel dry compared to what it was with the former heating system and my sinuses are happy which relieves me from the splitting headaches I used to wake up with. A total bliss!“

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