Energy Star Homes, LEED for Homes, Whole House Deep Green Retrofit Renovations

Reimagined Cape

This was an existing cape located within easy walking distance of the amenities and services of downtown Ridgefield.  The project involved a gut rehab with sustainability as a prime objective.  The house was expanded by way of complementary additions to both sides and the rear, with extensive landscaping to create a private outdoor terrace area.  The home earned LEED Platinum certification, the first in Fairfield County and only the third in the state.

Type: Green Retrofit Renovation and Remodel of Existing Home

Special Features

  • Main floor master suite with cathedral ceiling
  • Kitchen opens to informal dining area and Family room with cathedral ceiling
  • Formal dining room adjacent to kitchen
  • Separate au pair apartment over garage
  • See-through gas fireplace between Living Room and Library

Green Building Approaches

  • Downtown location reduces need for driving
  • Stone foundation retained and insulated with 2lb spray foam
  • Existing 2×4 exterior walls retained and strapped with  horizontal 2×3’s to cut thermal bridging (TB) and insulated with 2lb high R-value spray foam
  • New 2×6 exterior walls framed at 24”on center and strapped with horizontal 2×3’s to cut TB and  insulated with 0.7lb spray foam
  • 2×12 rafters strapped with 2×3’s to cut TB and insulated with 0.7lb spray foam
  • Ground-source heat pump for space heating and cooling
  • All ducting located within thermal envelope
  • Energy recovery ventilation
  • Natural gas, condensing, tankless water heater
  • FSC certified white cedar shingle siding installed over Homeslicker drainage membrane
  • FSC certified framing lumber
  • FSC certified rustic cherry flooring
  • Rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation
  • EPA Water Sense certified irrigation system
  • Native plantings and limited lawn area
  • Permeable paver driveway

  • LEED for Homes Platinum Certified (article)
  • Energy Star Certified
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