Modern Cottage

The 2013 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design, presented by the BSC and Log Homes Council

Winner: Green Building

Built in Ancram, N.Y., this three bedroom, minimalist modern-styled modular home by Epoch Homes was designed as a vacation home away from Manhattan.

Epoch Homes collaborated with architect Joel Turkel on the design to blend unique architectural appeal with high-performance building science. The design intent included certifying the home at the emerald certification level of the National Green Building Standard. The modular home features panelized walls and a structural insulated panels (SIPs) roof system. The different building systems were assembled onsite once the modules were set.

Utilizing the Epoch Homes controlled facility environment that is certified as Green Approved by the NAHB Research Center greatly simplified the design and scoring of the home. Epoch Homes used a color-coded version of the National Green Building Scoring Tool which identified elements that would automatically achieve points in the facility, and those that were available as design options. As the home was built, Epoch staff, operating under the Green Approved certification, verified facility points and coordinated with the local verifier for items being completed onsite.

One design challenge Epoch faced was balancing the need for high energy efficiency with the desire for large spans of glass to bring in the views. Epoch found the solution in using a high-performance wall system with Icynen spray foam insulation that incorporates thermal breaks between the sheet rock and the wall framing. They used the spray foam to add a layer of rigid insulation around the exterior of the house as well. Solar heat gain from the large spans of high-performance Serious brand windows was controlled by a thermal-mass concrete slab floor and a radiant heating and geothermal system. 

Additional green elements of the home include:

  • Minimized impact on the existing site to protect local habitats
  • Use of native plants in naturalistic landscaping
  • Use of recycled counters, bamboo flooring, CFL lights and FSC lumber to promote sustainability
  • Construction materials selected from recycled content
  • Use of Energy Star-rated lighting and appliances
  • Use of water-conserving fixtures and appliances
  • Use of low VOC paints and Greenguard rated glues and caulks
  • Use of Energy Recovery Ventilation and active Radon Mitigation System

About This Floor Plan

Ancram, NY.

Architect: Joel Turkel

Builder: Epoch Homes