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June 2016
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Topic of the Month: Green on the East End of Long Island

Architectural Firm of the Month: Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning PC

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Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning PC  is a green architecture firm based in Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY.  The firm's mission is to add value to any building project they are associated with, and provide exemplary service in the field of sustainable architecture. Cataldo and his team strives to produce healthy buildings that advance the human condition and better their surroundings, environmentally, economically and socially. The firm offers a variety of commercial and residential green building services including: Commercial Green Building, Green Home Design, LEED Certification, Green Interior Design. Urban Planning, Sustainable Landscape Design, Green Remodeling, and Net Zero Energy Design.

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A uniquely triangular-shaped summer home on the East End of Long Island, NY was recently transformed by adding a new addition, nearly doubling its size from 1,700 to 2,800 square feet. Architect Paul Cataldo of Paul Cataldo Achitecture and Planning, PC, helped the clients realize their vision of creating a fully functional year-round residence with two home offices and energy efficient design upgrades.
Turning a summer home into a year-round residence required some major changes, including insulation and energy use. Cataldo explains, "The existing house was designed and built in the late 1970's and although that was post-oil crisis, the technology simply did not exist for what we would consider a high performance building. The house required an energy retrofit."
"The existing heating system consisted of electric resistance baseboards and although it was controlled room by room, electric resistance heat is energy intensive. The only fuel available was oil, which was not an option for my client, or for me. Since electricity was our only source of power, we decided to use a geothermal heating and cooling system to minimize the house's heating and cooling costs. Additionally, the windows and doors were original to the house, and that technology has changed dramatically in recent decades. This house is at the top of a hill with water views, so it takes a direct hit from the harsh Northwest winter winds and air infiltration is our greatest energy leaker. Window and door replacement with low air infiltration units helped substantially."
 "With the addition of solar photovoltaic panels, a high-efficiency geothermal heating and cooling system, and spray foam insulation, this house is very close to being Net-Zero-Energy."
When asked about the challenges he encountered during the project, Cataldo explains, "The challenges were many. Structurally, the original house had both front and rear cantilevers, which always makes for additional difficulties. The site posed additional challenges because it is at the top of a hill with steep grades all around, so formulating a plan to add to this house required special considerations. Naturally, budget and time constraints come into play with all projects."
The original triangular floor plan was perhaps the greatest challenge that required innovative planning. Cataldo explains, "The main architectural challenge was to add onto a house that was originally designed as an equilateral triangle in plan, while still preserving the integrity of the original form.  I achieved this by pulling the new addition to the rear, and maintaining the front point of the triangle and both receding walls, which clearly renders the original form."
The homeowners are very pleased with the final result. Both husband and wife have home offices with water views. In addition, there are three bedrooms, a kitchen, two baths, a main living space, and an outdoor deck. One large office doubles as extra living space for family gatherings, so the family has ample space.
The project started in the Spring of 2013 and took a year to complete. The home is now used as a full time residence.
Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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