2020: Excellence in Green Design Winner: Omahens’ Residence
Cristina Omahen, of Cristina Omahen Architectural Designer in Greenland
This private residence on three acres in Greenland was sited to facilitate the view of the Winnicut River from every room and benefit from direct sunlight.
The house was built with a high R-value; a geothermal heating and cooling system, along with solar panels (for hot water only), provide a reliable source of renewable energy—with no emissions. For the exterior, materials such as Ipe wood, metal, fiber cement panels and glass contribute to the pleasant aesthetic and sustainable appeal of the house.
Judges said: This modern home uses several environmentally conscious methods and materials. The design successfully integrates many high-performance and energy-saving features that make it more efficient than most new homes built today.