Owenoke Park residence wins ‘Inexperienced Constructing Award’

December 20, 2022 by No Comments

Gathered at 24 Owenoke Park for the presentation of this yr’s “Westport Inexperienced Constructing Award” are, entrance row from left, Kristen Butts, chairwoman of Inexperienced Constructing Awards; First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker; owners Keith and Kate Melnick; architect Jack Franzen; prime row from left, city Constructing Official Stephen Smith; Peter Boyd, chairman of the Sustainable Westport Advisory Board; Gately Ross, co-director of Sustainable Westport; Johanna Martell, co-director of Sustainable Westport; John Segerson of Segerson Builders, and Pam Brennan of Segerson Builders. / Contributed photograph by Jenaé Weinbrenner
The house at 24 Owenoke Park. / Picture, Google Earth

WESTPORT — An Owenoke Park house is the winner of this yr’s “Westport Inexperienced Constructing Award” from the city and Sustainable Westport.

The award, offered to 24 Owenoke Park homeowners Keith and Kate Melnick, in addition to the house’s architectural and building staff, acknowledges “tasks that make, or have made, important contributions to sustainability and Westport’s future as a internet zero group,” in response to the announcement.

The quotation is formally known as the “Westport Inexperienced Constructing Award for Achievement in Sustainable Design and Building,” and is a collaboration between the city and Sustainable Westport to acknowledge “noteworthy accomplishments that add profit to the Westport group.”

Moreover the Melnicks, this yr’s award is shared by architect Jack Franzen; the contractors, John and Steve Segerson, and Pam Brennan of Segerson Builders, and inside designer Chrystal Toth.

The home at 24 Owenoke Park, in response to the award presenters, “is a stellar instance of what’s doable with sustainable design and building in a residential challenge.”

The Melnicks, who moved to Westport in 2016, wished to include of their new residence sustainable constructing options they realized about whereas dwelling in Switzerland and Australia. 

Sustainable elements of 24 Owenoke Park embody an environment friendly constructing envelope, use of sustainable constructing supplies, a photo voltaic photovoltaic system and a geothermal heating and cooling system, in response to the award announcement.

Among the many residence’s sustainable options are:

  • Double-pane insulated home windows with low-emittance coating to mirror warmth and hold it from penetrating the glass.
  • The heating/cooling system is run by an electrical geothermal warmth pump, lessening the house’s reliance on fossil fuels. When warmth is required, the warmth pump attracts warmth from the bottom; when cooling is required, the warmth pump rejects warmth again into wells drilled 535 ft into the bottom.
  • A 7.8-kilowatt set up of photovoltaic panels produces the house’s electrical energy, and may ship electrical energy again to the grid. The photo voltaic panels additionally energy an EV charger for the  Melnicks’ electrical automobile.
  • All home equipment are Vitality Star-rated in compliance with federal effectivity requirements.

To study extra in regards to the Westport Inexperienced Constructing Award program, verify the Sustainable Westport web site.

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