CMG’s Passive House mixes energy efficiency with stunning architecture

New Canaan-based Construction Management Group's four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house is a semi-glass structure situated on a cliff overlooking Ponus Ridge and New Canaan Land Trust open space.

Sponsored Content: Several years ago, Salvatore Zarrella was reading a trade magazine when he came across a story entitled “Green Without Gizmos.” The article described Passive House, an exacting standard for building energy-efficient homes that had begun in earnest in Germany in the 1990s. “It was transformative for me,” said Zarrella, a Stamford native and … Read more

Green building has gone mainstream

Green building may be at Malcolm Gladwell’s famous “tipping point,” which would mean that the growth of the movement has reached that critical point where it becomes self-sustaining and exponential. What’s my evidence? you ask.  Well, there’s a lot, actually. Here are a few pertinent facts: •According to the U.S. Green Building Council, about 40-48% … Read more

The big question

I recently took a survey of ‘average homeowners’ and asked them what their most burning home improvement question is. The overwhelming answer? How much does it really cost? They really pushed, they wanted answers! Who can tell me? How do you know ahead of time? Is it worth it? Will I get my money back … Read more

Staycation house

Summer is swiftly approaching and the days are already sunny and bright. School is almost out and it’s time to relax. When vacation time rolls around each year, do you find yourself collapsing with relief into that beach or lake house and saying things like “I wish I could live like all year long!” Here’s … Read more

House power

Have you noticed how expensive electricity is lately? Wow. If you heat your house with electric resistance heat, this winter must have been extremely expensive. Thank goodness that’s over. But wait, next up is cooling season. Just about everyone who has a cooling system in their house uses electricity as a fuel source. There just … Read more

Greening the MLS

How much is your house worth? In many cases the decision to “go green” is based purely on finances. As an architect who specializes in making homes more energy-efficient and sustainable, the biggest question I get is, “What is my ROI?” Return on investment is important. Most of the things we recommend to homeowners are … Read more

Building my Passive House — Part 9

This is the ninth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Because my heating requirements are so small, my house … Read more

Building my Passive House – Part 8

This is the eighth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). In my previous columns, I’ve written about how foundation, … Read more

Building My Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). The Passive … Read more

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