August 12, 2016

The Ark at the End of Long Island

Net-Zero + Resilient Meets Modern Design

High performance building is becoming easier to accomplish with every passing day, and we’re in no short supply of aesthetic-driven building projects. But finding a projects that both perform while pleasing the eye is a rarity. The work of Bill Ryall and his team at Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects is an exception, and we couldn’t be more pleased to work with them. They manage to fit genuine storm surge resiliency, net-zero performance, and long-term comfort into a form that catches the eye and allows you to melt in to the scenery at the same time. It shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, their portfolio of work includes some of the most beautiful certified Passive House projects on the planet. As you’ll hear, they “try to achieve this standard of energy efficiency and quality of construction” with all of their projects, integrating high performance into the fabric of what they do – makes it much easier.

I’ll get out of the way and let Bill to the talking. He’s a much better host:

Recipe for airtightness in this project is simple:

The one unique detail you may notice here is the SOLITEX FRONTA QUATTRO membrane is used as an additional layer of weather and UV protection directly behind the open joint vertical siding. FRONTA QUATTRO is a necessity for open joints because other weather resistive barriers cannot be exposed to long-term UV. Typically, we see projects using the FRONTA QUATTRO in place of the MENTO 1000 as the exterior weather barrier, but it was decided to double-up to provide an extra layer of resiliency.

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