Mamaroneck Passive House Wins 2015 EBie Awards

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The Mamaroneck Passive House designed by Andreas Benzing wins the 2015 EBie Awards, Urban Green Council`s "Oscars of existing buildings" in the category -Power to the People- for the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use.

Like many Baby Boomers, the residential building in Mamaroneck needed a little work to keep it current and modern as it turned 50

This year’s pool of submissions was the largest and most diverse in EBie history, with entrants and finalists hailing from all across the country. Together, their projects have saved 20 million kilowatts of electricity and 52 million gallons of water in the past year alone!

With the precision of a reconstructive surgeon, Andreas 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.

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