Connecticut net zero ICF home wins another award

Connecticut net zero ICF home wins another award

An award winning ICF net-zero home was named one of the most innovative projects in the country.

The Shore Road Project, built by Murphy Brothers Contracting, in Greenwich, Connecticut, recently was recognized as one of the most innovative projects in the country at the ICF Builder Awards. 

The ICF Builder Awards is an international competition designed to showcase the advantages of building with Insulated Concrete Forms, commonly called ICFs.

The Shore Road Project was named best in the "Small Residential" division.

This is the third major "builders award" presented to this home, which was designed as an Old Greenwich coastal colonial-style custom home by area architect Rex Gedney. Lois Arena of Steven Winter Associates served as the all-important project energy consultant. 

In presenting the award, judges cited the complexity of the design, the striking architecture, and the challenges the construction team overcame to set a new standard for the entire ICF industry.

The ICF Builder Awards are given annually to projects that demonstrate outstanding innovation, quality and craftsmanship in ICF construction.

"We hope our project's award recognition will encourage others to think green when designing and building or renovating their homes or buildings, whatever the size, style or location", said Chris Murphy, president of Murphy Brothers Contracting.

"The variety and scale of projects being built with ICFs is truly astounding," said Clark Ricks, editor of ICF Builder magazine and organizer of the competition. "It's time these outstanding projects received industry-wide recognition, and we feel privileged to take a leading role in that."

This project featured Fox Blocks insulated concrete forms exterior wall construction which are Lego-like foam blocks filled with concrete. The Old Greenwich coastal colonial-style custom home was designed by architect Rex Gedney and built by Murphy Brothers Contracting.

The project was recently honored with a 2014 Home Building Industry Award from the HBRA of Connecticut for "Best Green Energy-Efficient Custom Home" and a 2014 Pinnacle Award from the HVBRA in New York for "Best Green Home."

The project is a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home case study and was 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.

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
  • HardiePlank 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 insulated concrete forms.


Topics: Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Home Design & Plans, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Solar Power, WaterSense

Companies: Fox Blocks

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