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Cumbria rear 3_edited_edited
19 RG Night Reflection 3
23 Family Room
23 Dining Room
23 Main Stair
23 Master Bedroom
Rain Chain

TYPE: Conservation Community - Residential

LOCATION: Stamford, CT

SIZE: 8,000 SF (Footprint: 2,500 SF)


  • Direct Exchange Geothermal HVAC

  • High Efficiency Propane Heating

  • Whole House CO2 Monitoring

  • Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

  • Spray Foam Insulation

  • Drought Tolerant Plantings

  • Water Efficient Fixtures & Rain Water Harvesting

  • PEX Plumbing & FFC Certified Lumber

  • Marvin Low-E Windows & Low VOC Paints & Stains

  • Recycled Flooring, Counters, & Green Seal Carpeting

  • LED & Low-Voltage Lighting


Cumbria House, built at Windermere on the Lake, is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified house of its size in the Northeast. Located in the historic Long Ridge area of North Stamford, Connecticut, Windermere on the Lake (WOTL) is a 74 acre conservation community with 24 lakeside homes and gardens. The community includes a gatehouse, a field house with a pool, tennis courts, walking trails, and floating dock. Through sustainable design and practices, this community harmoniously blends with the natural environment. 


Cumbria House exceeds the requirements for EnergyStar certification with a Home Energy Rating (HERS) of 49 out of 150 (the standard home receives a score of 100, while the minimum for EnergyStar is 85). It also received Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the flooring and trims. The home showcases several eco-friendly features, such as low Voc paints, engineered lumber, drought tolerant plants, LED lighting, high efficiency irrigation system, and geothermal HVAC. In addition, 40% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.


As president of NRDC-Residential, Mark Robbins managed development, construction and design of this home. Bartels-Pagiliaro Architects designed the home, which is inspired by the designs of the 19th century architect, C.F.A. Voysey, a leader in the Arts and Crafts movement. Through the sweeping rooflines, tiered triangles, front-facing courtyard, grand windows, graceful forms, luxurious materials, and outstanding craftsmanship, this home reflects the style of the movement. The team also included the famous British architect Simon Johnson, who designed the gardens and landscaping.

LEED Certification - 2009

Windermere on the Lake

Cumbria House of Windermere on the Lake (74 acre conservation community) received LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification with a score of 66.5. This home was the first LEED certified home of its size in the Northeast.

EnergyStar Certification 

Windermere on the Lake

The high performance homes of Windermere on the Lake, such as the Cumbria House, have received EnergyStar Certification for their energy efficient features.


The model home of Windermere was featured in many different publications, including New Canaan Advertiser and Real Estate Weekly.  
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