The transformation of a 1932 beach home in South Salem, N.Y. has neighbors green with envy. That’s because the renovation project has resulted in a home that has earned three key “green” designations: ENERGY STAR® Certified Home, LEED Platinum Certified Home and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certified Home.
The Beach House is only the second platinum level LEED Certified Home full-scale renovation in Westchester County, New York and has received a HERS score of 30.
Starting from the top down, a polymer DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforté Slate Black roof was added to the Bungalow-style home. Specified by Absolute Green Homes, the impact- and fire-resistant roofing product was selected for its durability, aesthetic appeal and 50-year limited warranty.
Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles have all the appearance and beauty of natural slate roofing tiles but with a higher level of durability thanks to the company’s proprietary-engineered polymer roofing formula.
“I used DaVinci roofing products on my own home and knew they’d be a perfect match for this retrofit project since they’re a very realistic-looking material and have a solid thickness to each tile,” says Sylvain Coté, project architect and coordinator with Absolute Green Homes, Inc. “Having this polymer roof makes it possible for the homeowner to collect rainwater runoff from the roof that drops down the gutters and chains into rain collection barrels. Since there are no asphalt particles or oil-based runoff from the tiles, the rainwater is the highest quality and better suited for landscaping applications.”
Focused on Green
The Beach House was restored and retrofitted for maximum comfort and a minimum carbon footprint impact. The home was not expanded in size during more than two years of extensive renovations and was designed to produce as much energy as it consumes.
“This retrofitted 1,810-square foot home is a working model of the ultimate green retrofit home,” says Coté. “The design, techniques, materials, products and approach used in the project can be applied to other homes to achieve the same environmentally sound living space. We certainly hope that this home — and the products we’ve included in it — serve as an inspiration to neighbors to create environmentally-sensible housing.”
Absolute Green Homes, Inc. is an award-winning construction firm with more than 20 years of experience. For more information on the company and this project, visit www.absolutegreenhomes.com/TheBeachHouseRetrofitProject.html.