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The Bosarge Family Educational Center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The Bosarge Family Education Center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was designed through a collaboration between our firm, and a local Maine architecture firm, Scott Simons Architects.The client wanted to construct a new education center adjac Read More »
Miller Residence

This new residence in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA, achieves net-zero within a neighborhood context. In the owner David Miller’s words, “climate change is the issue of the century,” and this house is built to address that fact. He and his fa Read More »
The Putney School Field House

“This is not just a gym…We want this to be a place where our students can learn about being environmentally responsible, so that later in life, when they are making choices, they can say, ‘It’s possible. Our gym at school did it this way’. Read More »
De Young Zero Net Energy Home

De Young Properties designed and built a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) home in Clovis, CA. The ZNE-design goal was set at source-energy ZNE [1] during the design stage. The source-energy ZNE criterion requires the home to produce as much energy as it consu Read More »
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Edminster-Bohner Deep Energy Retrofit

Ten years in, we're still happy with what we did, though several improvements are still on the wish list. The project was driven by the confluence of several environmental goals, along with a specific problem to be solved. The principal environmenta Read More »
Transformations—15 Laurel Street, Northampton, MA

15 Laurel Street, Northampton is the first Transformations, Inc. home to be completed under the Massachusetts Department of Energy Pathway to Zero grant program.  This HERS -9 home was completed on June 17, 2015. Read More »
Carlsson Family Home

The Carlsson Family Home is a 3,157 square foot home built by Birdsmouth Construction in Portland Oregon. Construction began in July of 2014 and the home was completed in June of 2015. The original home was a 1925 craftsman that had a poor foundation Read More »
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Transformations—21 Laurel Street, Northampton, MA

#21 Laurel Street is one of four homes built by Transformations in the Southern part of the Village Hill community development by MassDevelopment.  When the 2015 homes are summarized, #21 Laurel Street will likely be one of the most efficient single Read More »
Hanson House

It was hard to think of moving from the great energy-efficient solar house I had built nine years earlier in Burlington, VT, but I wanted to be closer to my daughter. Looking for housing in Brandon, I realized that I didn’t want to give up the brig Read More »
1830 Peters – Lockrow House

Conducting an energy retrofit of our first home, a neglected 1852 Greek Revival, provided us with hands on experience and knowledge. We were looking for a new project and were alerted to a vacant historic 1830 farmhouse.  The front of the home faces Read More »
Kane Family Residence

The inspiration for this house came from three sources: Marc Rosenbaum (especially the Hanover NH house), Carter Scott (Transformations Inc. and the Coppersmith Way development in Townsend MA) and Sarah Susanka’s book – The Not So Big House. I wa Read More »
Ross Residence

Our home is a 120-year-old farmhouse in downtown Amherst, MA. At the time of purchase, it had no insulation in the walls or attic, was heated by an oil furnace from the early 20th century, and was clad in mint-green asbestos shingles. Although walkin Read More »
BrightBuilt Barn

BrightBuilt Barn is a prototype for the sustainable house of the 21st century. It is an award winning, practical, adaptable, affordable and beautiful structure that is designed to make more clean energy than it consumes over its lifespan. Located Read More »
Camden Friends Meeting House

The Camden Friends Meeting and Social Hall sits adjacent an historic 1805 Meeting House and serves the congregation as a community gathering space designed to complement the elegant simplicity and durability of the historic Meeting House. Spaces with Read More »
Devens Greek Revival

In April of 2009, searching for a way to showcase sustainable housing, the Commonwealth’s MassDevelopment put out a Request For Qualifications for developer/builders to design and build single family and multi-family homes at its Devens, Massachuse Read More »
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