LEED Platinum 2010
My main considerations included living in harmony with nature, using alternative energy and recycled materials, and conserving water and other natural resources.
This adirondack-style residence in idyllic New Canaan, Connecticut incorporates the highest levels of sustainability. The near-net-zero energy custom home was built to realize homeowners Etta and Nate Kantor's vision of achieving luxury with minimum environmental impact. To showcase its achievement in efficient planning, the Kantor residence has become home to educational workshops and tours from Connecticut Green Building Council, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, and Fairfield University.
Some of the home's most notable features are solar thermal panels that heat an 1,000-gallon water tank, which is used like a battery to store heat for the house, pool, and domestic hot water; pellet boiler with an automatic feed to supply demand not met by the solar thermal system; wastewater heat recovery from the master shower; a composting toilet and graywater storage tank; and local, low-emitting, and sustainably grown and harvested interior finishes. Half of the roof's runoff is collected in cisterns and rain gardens to control excess stormwater. During construction, 90% of waste was diverted from landfills. Knowing that fireplaces are a large source of air infiltration and heat loss, a specialized contractor was hired to design the fully-sealed, wood burning fireplace. A recycled rubber and plastic roof that resembles slate shingling houses 14 photovoltaic panels. Solar thermal panels heat the ionized pool, which uses no chlorine. Overall, more than 94% of the home's energy needs are met by solar technologies.
The Kantor house is located in the suburban town of New Canaan, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. This community is known for its mid-century modern homes and scenic landscape, and is only a one-hour train ride from Manhattan. The Kantors remediated the existing site, removing abandoned vehicles and debris. The pond was protected and borders a new community garden overseen by the owners. Organic orchards and edible gardens surround the home, encouraging the natural harmony of insects and birds in a pesticide-free environment.