Murphy Brothers Old Greenwich project spotlighted

Shore Road Project rendering by Crozier Gedney Architects.

Shore Road Project rendering by Crozier Gedney Architects.

Murphy Brothers Contracting’s Shore Road Project was included in the Connecticut Green Building Council’s (CTGBC) 2014 Green Homes Tour on June 7.

Located at 15 Shore Road in Old Greenwich, the newly constructed single family coastal colonial home features a fully insulated concrete form (ICF) exterior wall construction, closed-cell spray foam insulation and recycled blue-jean insulation where essential, energy-efficient Marvin & Andersen windows and doors, super energy-efficient air-source heat pump w/ ERV system, condensing tankless water heaters, which are considered to more than 90% efficient, water-saving plumbing fixtures and appliances and Dow Powerhouse Solar roof shingles.

The tour highlighted homes built to save money on utility and home maintenance bills through energy efficient construction standards and clean energy technologies to build or renovate their homes.

Joanna Grab, Chair of the CTGBC Green Homes Committee and a Sustainability Consultant for Steve Winter Associates, a national green building firm located in South Norwalk said, “This tour builds on our successful Fall 2013 Tour and allows visitors to speak to experts and homeowners about how they reduced their utility bills, have a more comfortable home, and have added value to their investment.”

“It used to be the perception that green buildings had to be modern and contemporary,” said homeowner Diane Murphy.

“It was one of those stereotypes that it had to be a modern house. This house is green, but it looks very traditional, like the coastal Colonial you’re used to seeing.”

The three-story home in Old Greenwich features a finished basement, four bedrooms and four full bathrooms. With a cupola, a “captain’s walk” and Hardi-plank clapboard siding, the home fits in seamlessly with the character of its neighborhood.

On the outside, the only visible difference is the solar shingles on the roof. They’re a new product that contains solar technology within an actual roof shingle, allowing homeowners to make energy without having to add bulky solar panels on top of their roofs.

“Energy independence and the use of renewable building materials are necessary design criteria,” said project architect, Rex Gedney.

The (CTGBC) 2014 Green Homes Tour highlights selected high performance buildings, presenting a range of energy efficient and sustainable building techniques, from easy energy upgrades to certified net zero homes; many made affordable with rebates and grants offered from the state of Connecticut through CEFIA and energy companies.

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