DOE Tour of Zero: Eco-Friendly Home by Ferguson Design & Construction Inc.
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This high-performance custom home in The Hamptons on Long Island, New York, by Ferguson Design and Construction is a certified U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home.
The 5,088-square-foot solar electric ready home has wiring in place and roof area available for an 8.6-kW photovoltaic system. This high-performance home is expected to save its homeowners more than $2,500 per year compared to a minimum-code home, and nearly double that amount when a solar electric system is added.
The open floor plan allows natural daylight to fill the interior.
The home meets all of the requirements of the U.S. EPA’s Indoor airPLUS program, including the requirement to use low-/no-VOC paints, finishes, and cabinetry. Some of the furniture in the home is made from wood reclaimed from trees on the site.
The home’s high-efficiency windows use double-pane glass filled with argon gas for additional insulating value. Insulated fiberglass frames and special low-emissivity coatings that keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer also increase the efficiency of the windows.
Water-saving EPA WaterSense-labeled fixtures and energy-saving ENERGY STAR-labeled appliances increase the home’s water and energy savings.
All of the lighting fixtures in the Ferguson Design home use advanced solid-state lighting technology.
The Ferguson home is wrapped in a double-wall thermal blanket consisting of two 2-by-4 framed walls that form a 7-inch-thick wall cavity filled with blown-in fiberglass insulation.
The studs of the double-wall construction are staggered to prevent thermal bridging through the framing for a continuous thermal blanket.
Blown fiberglass fills the walls and roof cavities, providing a continuous thermal blanket around the home.
These exterior walls are sheathed with a coated rigid foam insulation that is sealed at all seams with tape to provide a continuous thermal blanket and comprehensive draft protection.
A high-efficiency gas boiler provides hot water to the faucets and to the radiant floor heating loop in the basement. The boiler also provides heat for a hydro-coil central air heating system.
The dry-by-design exterior walls start with a coated rigid foam sheathing product that is sealed with tape at all seams, then covered with a mesh air spacer to effectively drain water behind clapboard and cedar shake siding.
“The project team was committed to ensuring quality practices.”
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"The project team was committed to ensuring quality practices. These included weekly team meetings, regular thorough inspections by the rater, and good communication among the project team members. As a result, the project experienced minimal defects and achieved an impressive 82% of construction waste diverted from the landfill."
– Sarah Ferguson, president, Ferguson Design & Construction