Sheridan Green Residence

Hampton Bays, New York

Your property, your energy, your choice! Today we have the opportunity to re-invent the way we make buildings. Sheridan Green is a self-sustaining residence for the modern homesteader.  It creates it’s own energy by using both active and passive heating & cooling strategies. It collects and reuses all of it’s rain water. A rooftop edible garden and vegetative roofs are used to provide sustenance and cool the house. The deer can’t get to the gardens either!

The house is located on a gravel road, close to the Peconic Bay on the eastern end of Long Island. The wooded 1.1 acre parcel falls 20 feet in height from the front to rear. The building is set into the hill, creating an upper entry level to the house and studio, and a lower courtyard level where the living spaces surround a trellised eating area and herb garden. The house is 2,000 sq.ft. A yoga studio is set in the forest for personal health.

The house uses a combined system of a 7 kw solar electric array along with a vertical “open well” geothermal heating and cooling system. The sun will provide enough electric to run the geothermal heat exchangers for both the radiant floor heating & forced air-cooling systems. Purging and recirculating fans are integrated for fresh and natural cooling.


Important energy saving materials:

  • Roofing: white epdm membrane reflects sunlight under PV array, and cools house under the living sedum plantings and vegetable garden over carport.
  • Foundation – exposed poured concrete interior walls at living spaces w/ exterior R-10 board insulation/waterproofing for passive earth damming cooling effects.
  • Framing - 2x6 offset walls (for 8” actual thickness) with open cell spray foam/blown cellulose for R-25 insulation value.
  • Floors - radiant heated poured concrete at lower level, radiant “warm-board” at upper levels.
  • Siding/Trim/Trellis - natural finish eastern white cedar.
  • Lighting/Appliances – LED/fluorescent, energy star rated.