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Tomasello Residence


Tomasello Family


Pittsburgh, PA


Early-on, the owner and the architect agreed that the house was to be Ultra-efficient.  Precise orientation, massing and detailing allowed for solar gain when needed and controlled when not.  Heat radiates from the floors and the house is cooled using “chilled beam” technology in the ceilings. The energy for both is provided by a deep well ground-source system.


With the exception of the mechanical and electrical systems, 85% of the materials used were manufactured from within a 100 mile radius including stone from a nearby quarry.


“It is refreshing to see a large building project executed with imagination, restraint, and subtle and beautiful detailing. The same restraint belies the sophisticated energy and technical systems incorporated into the home. This home will clearly be here 100 years from now.”


- Pittsburgh Magazine

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