di Domenico + Partners

Net Zero House Wins ACEC Award

di Domenico + Partners, together with Dagher Engineering, is pleased to announce that the recently completed Ellman/Raiselis Residence in Tarrytown, NY has won an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York Engineering Excellence Award in the Building/Technology Services category. The award recognizes design achievements of superior skill and ingenuity, judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which include complexity, innovation and value to society.

The Ellman/Raiselis Residence demonstrates a model for sustainable growth. The goal of the ground-up design of this house was to practice sustainability wherever possible. This all-encompassing approach began with the orientation of the house to optimize sunlight, and continued into its creative design and engineering. The home has an open-plan on the ground floor and a simple second floor layout, bringing in light and offering views of the Hudson river while maintaining a tight envelope.

The 1,900sf house was designed to stringent Passive House International standards. Because of the high-performing envelope, smaller mechanical systems than are normally used in a home of this size were employed, adding to the energy savings. The house uses less overall electricity than an average home. As a result, it needed half as many solar panels to achieve net-zero.

The team delivered a home that exceeded the request for a low-energy house by employing several different energy-saving principles. The home was affordably built to be ecologically responsible while still being comfortable and spacious, an inspiration to future home owners.

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