1850 Farmhouse Update: Energy Star Certified


1850 Farmhouse Update: Energy Star Certified2018-08-08T12:00:22+00:00

Project Description

This is an old farmhouse that had undergone several earlier renovations and additions, none of which were done well.  This BPC project involved demolishing the additions, building new additions, and completely renovating the old farmhouse.  The renovated home has four bedrooms and five full and one half bath.  The appearance of the historic home from the street was carefully preserved.  This includes a wrap-around porch with distinctive decorative metal posts.

Special Features:

  • Gathering room with gas fireplace open to kitchen
  • Breakfast area surrounded by windows with private views of landscaped back yard
  • Screened porch
  • Extensive bluestone terrace with outdoor fireplace
  • Formal dining and parlor rooms
  • His and Her home offices
  • Custom cabinetry in kitchen and butler’s pantry
  • Master bedroom with fireplace, en suite bath, and his and her walk-in closets
  • 1st and 2nd floor laundries
  • Future au per suite above garage
  • Exercise room in finished basement area
  • All building products were screened for dangerous chemicals

Green Building Approaches:

  • Existing stone rubble foundation was isolated from the conditioned space above
  • Existing floor framing insulated with 8” of AirKrete, a cementitious foam insulation, plus mineral wool boards to reduce thermal bridging
  • Existing 2×4 walls strapped with 2×3’s (to reduce thermal bridging) and insulated with 5” of AirKrete
  • New 2×6 walls strapped with 2×3’s and insulated with 7” of AirKrete
  • Existing 2×4 roof rafters insulated with AirKrete, with 6” EPS structural insulated panels installed above, to virtually eliminate thermal bridging and increase overall insulation value
  • New 2×8 rafters insulated with AirKrete and 6” EPS structural insulated panels installed above
  • European acrylic sheathing tapes used to achieve envelope air-tightness
  • Double-glazed , double-hung windows with suspended film to offer performance of triple glazing
  • Fiber cement siding installed over drained weatherization wrap
  • Two tankless, condensing HW boilers used for domestic HW and space heating
  • Hydro-air forced-air heating system with central AC
  • HEPA air filtration on forced-air heating/cooling system
  • Energy recovery ventilation

Project Details

Certifications:

  • Energy Star Certified

Awards:

  • Preservation  Award, Westport Historic District Commission

Project Year:

2013

HERS Score:

45

Type of Home:

Farmhouse

City:

Westport

State:

Connecticut

County:

Fairfield

Project Size:

4,800sf