Green Style: John Berg's Springs House

Green Style: John Berg's Springs House

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 27, 2009
This house conserves energy, sequesters solar heat, pumps groundwater up to both heat and cool, is made of structural insulated panels (not convention framing), has a saline pool, sleeps a half dozen, entertains more and ain't frumpy. Head below for more info... Designer: John Berg Design: Single Family Residence with Environmentally Low Impact Building Technology Link: www.bergdesignarchitects.com Location: East Hampton, NY Program: New single family residence Lot/Building Size: 1 acre/2200 sq. ft. Inspired by a barn on Long Island around which the client spent many summers and the clients desire to build Green, the Old Stone Highway house was conceived as a modern interpretation of the Long Island agricultural vernacular. The buildings form stretches out along a spine of interior and exterior spaces separated by glass walls which fold open during warm weather. A subtle topography of stepped walls, volumes and roof planes anchors the house comfortably to the relatively flat site and satisfies the clients need for dramatic spaces within a quiet envelope. Rough exterior materials, primarily western cedar siding and concrete block, both left to weather, offer a strong counterpoint to the crisp geometry of the building and are also introduced within the house, creating tension with the smooth more finished surfaces. Environmentally low impact building systems include: Elements that make John's latest project 'green': • Structural: SIPS-insulated panels that create a highly energy efficient building envelope; • Air System: radiant concrete floors that run on a 98% efficient boiler, supplemented by a geo-thermal cooling system; • Windows/Glazing: low-e argon gas filled, dual paned; • Roof: Kynar--a non-heat absorbing finish; • Solar orientation: calculated to minimize solar gain in summer; • Paints: Low voc; • Toilets: dual-flush; • Exterior: red cedar siding sustainable wood • Appliances: energy star; • Pool: saline solution (precluding chemicals) • Furnishings: many of the elements are vintage About: Founded in 2001 by John Berg, Berg Design Architects is a multi-faceted design firm whose work includes furniture design, architectural design competitions, residential architecture, interior design, planning, and multi-unit residential housing. A strong firm history of close working relationships with clients and focused design, combined with an acute understanding of place, continues to lead us to unique architectural solutions. [more]
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