Shore Road Project
Crozier Gedney Architects PC
HOBI Award - Best Green Energy-Effifient Custom Home
HOBI Award - Best Green Product (Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles)
HOBI Award - Best Special Event (Muddy Boots Open House Tour)
Video Tour - A Model for Energy Conservation
About the Project
Co-owner and president of Murphy Brothers Contracting, Inc., Chris Murphy built his own 4,100 sf single-family (5) bedroom home in Old Greenwich, CT. Beautifully designed by local architect Rex Gedney, this new home includes the following green features:
FoxBlocks full insulated concrete form (ICF) exterior wall construction
Closed-cell spray foam insulation in attic & rafters
Bryant dual fuel heat pump & ERV system
Dow Powerhouse Solar roof shingles: 4.5 kW PV system incorporated into the roof system.
Energy-efficient Marvin & Andersen windows and doors
Hardi-plank clapboard siding & Versatex trim
Water-saving plumbing fixtures and Energy Star appliances
Navien tankless on-demand hot water system w/ Enovative wireless hot water recirculating system
LED & CFL lighting (50/50 split). All ceiling fans are Energy Star rated
Reclaimed 100 year old wormy chestnut used for the Kitchen island counter and Office desk top; the Den sliding door, fabricated from a hundred year old oak, toppled by Hurricane Sandy.
Recycled blue jean insulation used in the interior walls and floors for sound attenuation.
Low or No VOC paints were used throughout the home
With a HERS Index w/Photovoltaics of (27), this home meets all of the requirements of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home including ENERGY STAR Version 3 plus the EPA’s Indoor AirPlus and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Quality Management Guidelines. The project was honored to be a featured home on the CT-USGC 2014 Spring Green Home Tour, proving that style and sustainability can go hand-in-hand. And we’re delighted to report that our project has been accepted into the CT Zero Energy Challenge.
Murphy Brothers believes that building green is simply building smart. As a 35-year old family-owned business, we are vitally concerned with the impact of our work on the environment and future generations of homeowners. For this reason we have made it our goal to build energy-efficient, environmentally responsible, and beautifully designed homes. We believe that this house will be a giant step in the right direction and will be used as a solid marketing showcase for energy-efficient construction, no matter what size, style or location.
About the Architect
Crozier Gedney Architects, P.C. is an architecture and design firm providing a broad base of professional services to residential, commercial, private clubs, schools, recreational, restaurant and retail clients throughout the region. The private practice began in 1952 with the intent to provide their services as an efficient office with direct Principal involvement in all phases of a project. Crozier Gedney has grown successfully on this basis, serving their clients’ interests with the highest level of customized service, professionalism and responsiveness. Principal Rex Gedney states, “Today our varied list of projects number in the thousands, with a strong focus on energy efficiency.”
About the Project Energy Consultant
Lois Arena, PE Senior Engineer, Steven Winter Associates. With 20 years’ experience in the building science field, Lois is currently employed by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. where she consults on high performance buildings. She also works on the Department of Energy’s Building America program and conducts advanced systems research. She received her M.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado’s Building Science Program and holds Passive House, BPI and RESNET certifications.
About the Interior Designer
Diane Murphy – “Visual design has always been in my life” says Diane Murphy. Formally trained as jewelry designer in the fashion industry and later as an art director in the advertising industry, Ms. Murphy made the transition to interior design 25 years ago when she designed and built her first home in Harrison NY. Her most recent home in Rye NY went through numerous renovations and changes as her family grew and her own personal style evolved. “Living near the Long Island Sound has always been an inspiration for classic coastal design elements, Diane explained. “Even more inspiring are found objects – repurposing and reusing is always present – I never pass up roadside treasures. But it is the little details that give me the most pleasure – the accessories, bath hardware, nooks and hooks – all these details are like jewelry for your house.”
Interstate + Lakeland Lumber
Marvin Windows and Doors
Andersen 400 Series Windows
Bryant AirSource Heat Pump & ERV
Hall Heating & Cooling
Ecologic Spray Foam Insulation
Selected Millwork: Murphy Brothers Cabinetry
Blue Jean Insulation – Habitat for Humanity