On December 22, 2008, the Southampton home of Mr. and Mrs. David Dubin was destroyed in a fire. Local architect Richard Stott learned of the Dubins’ plight and connected the couple to the Hamptons Green Alliance (“HGA”), a group of local professionals dedicated to building a net zero energy home in the community, but who were still searching for a suitable project. Mr. Stott approached the Dubins on behalf of HGA, and preliminary plans for the project are moving forward under the LEED for Homes rating system.
The Dubin House will seek a Platinum rating from USGBC but what’s particularly interesting is that the project team plans to compare the new home’s performance with data from the old one. Telemark, Inc., the project’s general contractor, has devised a way of tracking the carbon impact of building materials and systems and hopes to certify the project as carbon neutral, as well as execute a design that should create a house that is net zero. The project team also includes Lee Architecture and Stott’s own firm, Flynn Stott Architects, P.C., which is considering an integrated project delivery (“IPD”) structure to construct the house.
Specific green design features in support of the Platinum application are currently unclear, but a geothermal heating and cooling system will power the house in part. In a neat practical twist, the Dubins have a 13-year-old son who will report on construction of the house to his honors science class. We’ll follow up here at gbNYC as more details and renderings emerge.