An 83-Year-Old Beach House Gets a Deep Energy Retrofit
This 1932 home overlooks Truesdale Lake in Westchester County, NY. Once a popular gathering place, the structure had fallen into disrepair. Incorporating new and reclaimed materials, architect and builder Sylvain Côté has fully restored The Beach House for maximum comfort with a minimal carbon footprint. Completed in 2014, The Beach House is Energy Star Certified, with a HERS rating of 30 and LEED Platinum Certification of 90.
A high-velocity, small duct system from Unico, Inc. cools efficiently by removing 30 percent more humidity from the air than a traditional system. It delivers conditioned air through insulated flexible tubing, which snakes through floor, wall and ceiling cavities. The tubing has close to zero thermal loss, and the “hidden” ductwork allowed architectural freedom in the design and eliminated the need for soffits. Small, round air outlets quietly deliver air into each room. Heating is provided by a radiant floor system from Viega, which reduced heating costs by an additional 30 percent.