- Building Type : Isolated or semi-detached house
- Construction Year : 2014
- Delivery year : 2015
- Address 1 - street : 06795 WATERTOWN, USA
- Climate zone : [Dfb] Humid Continental Mild Summer, Wet All Year
- Net Floor Area : 361 m2
- Construction/refurbishment cost : 597 554 €
- Cost/m2 : 1655.27 €/m2
Primary energy need :
(Calculation method : Other )
3rd part certified
Environmental consultancyThe Taft School Gil Thornfeldt, [email protected]
Owner approach of sustainability
Taft is educating tomorrow's leaders, and we know that as an educational institution we are role models for social change. Our sustainability challenges are similar to what many organizations face: improving energy efficiency through the physical plant, but also in the habits and minds of our community. Through a variety of initiatives by faculty and staff and through student interest and activism, the Big Red is making serious strides in going green.
Here are some of the ways Taft is working to reduce its impact on the environment: https://www.taftschool.org/non/enviro.aspx
More than a century has passed since Mr. Taft founded our school. While the world and the school have changed dramatically, his fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all your talents: academic, artistic, and athletic; and most importantly, give of yourself to others.
Horace Taft chose our school motto: Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret—Not to be served but to serve. Today, Taft’s 124 faculty members educate 589 boys and girls from 33 states and 47 countries. Our beautiful 226-acre campus features facilities that rival those of many small colleges, including a library with 56,000 volumes, a 45,000 square foot science and mathematics building, student dorms, and faculty housing in the New England aesthetic of brick buildings with slate roofs.
If you had to do it again?
The attic air sealing and insulation would have been implemented differently. Spray foam was avoided so the thermal barrier at the attic floor made duct runs and air sealing more difficult.
Building users opinion
- 44,30 kWhpe/m2.year
- 76,00 kWhpe/m2.year
- -17,20 kWhfe/m2.year
- 0,10 W.m-2.K-1
Real final energy consumption
Klear Wall Windows
Second œuvre / Menuiseries extérieures
All our products are engineered with precision and crafted with care to ensure our customers get a superior quality product. Both of the domestic and commercial product ranges are suitable for passive house construction and have been certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany
Combining fixed windows with awnings or casements enabled the team to mimic a double hung and get approval by the local historic commission.
ZIPS Insulated Sheathing
Huber Engineered Woods
Gros œuvre / Structure, maçonnerie, façade
For installation convenience and exceptional, long-term performance, the all-in-one ZIP System® R-Sheathing panel provides a new approach to sealing and insulating the building envelope. One panel delivers thermal, air and moisture resistance, while providing excellent strength and durability.
Double s2x4 studs with 3 1/2" gap already reduced thermal bridging for above grade walls but ZIPS insulated sheathing was chosen for added thermal break plus the long term performance of the sheathing.
Reasons for participating in the competition(s)This home is an excellent example of design and construction for temperate climates and energy conservation. The Taft School faculty home serves as a high performance residence and learning lab for students. In US climate zone 5, it achieved a HERS 33 excluding PV and with the 13.1 kW the HERS index is -14.
Building candidate in the category
Energy & Temperate Climates
Users' Choice Award
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