Zero Energy Ready ICF home wins building awards

 Zero Energy Ready ICF home wins building awards

Photos courtesy of Murphy Brothers Contracting

A coastal colonial-style home built with insulated concrete forms earned multiple awards for building excellence and performance.

The Shore Road Project in Greenwich, Connecticut, built by Murphy Brothers Contracting won three 2014 Home Building Industry Awards from the HBRA of Connecticut and two Pinnacle Awards from the Hudson Valley Builders and Remodelers Association in New York.

The 4,100-square-foot home was designed by Crozier Gedney Architects. Lois Arena of Steven Winter Associates was the project energy consultant. 

With a HERS Rating of 27, The Shore Road Project meets all of the high-performance requirements of the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home certification program.

Constructed with Fox Block ICF exterior walls, it meets the building envelope and HVAC requirements listed in the checklists of ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Version 3.0.

The home meets the indoor air quality specifications of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor AirPlus and the water-saving requirements of EPA’s WaterSense program. It also meets the insulation requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is a DOE program requirement.

It more than meets the program’s Renewable Energy Ready Checklists by having a 4.5-kW Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle photovoltaic (PV) system alreadyintegrated into the roof.

The Shore Road Project was the site of several “Muddy Boots Tours” designed to provide education on green building methods to area design professionals and hosted a continuing education seminar on the Energy Star Rating Program.

The project is a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home case study and has been accepted into the CT Zero Energy Challenge. And it was chosen as a featured home on the CT-USGC 2014 Spring Green Home Tour, proving that “style” and “sustainability” can go hand-in-hand.

The HBRA of Connecticut HOBI awards are the most prestigious awards presented in Connecticut for excellence in design, construction, sales and marketing, and financing by members of the state-wide organization.  The three HOBI Awards are:

  • Best Green Energy-Efficient Custom Home: 15 Shore Road, Old Greenwich. (Architect: Crozier Gedney Architects; Energy Consultant: Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates)
  • Best Green Product: Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles at 15 Shore Road, Old Greenwich.
  • Best Special Event: “Muddy Boots” open house tours of 15 Shore Road, Old Greenwich.

Mamaroneck, New York-based Murphy Brothers also received two HVBRA Pinnacle Awards for the same energy-efficient project. The Pinnacle Awards recognize outstanding performance by Hudson Valley building industry professionals during 2014. The two Pinnacle Awards are:

  • Best Green Home: 15 Shore Road, Old Greenwich (Architect: Crozier Gedney Architects; Energy Consultant: Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates)
  • Best Innovative Product: Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles (at 15 Shore Road, Old Greenwich)

The 4,100 square-foot, single-family, five-bedroom home in Old Greenwich, CT.  was built for Chris Murphy, co-owner and president of Murphy Brothers Contracting, Inc.

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

Read more about building homes with concrete forms.


Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Cost of Ownership, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Home Design & Plans, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Insulation, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Solar Power, WaterSense

Companies: Fox Blocks


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