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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 »
"The Groton" Model

 “The Groton” is an 1835 square foot home Transformations, Inc. built and sold in the Coppersmith Way development in Townsend, MA.  It was started in late 2009 and completed in June of 2010.  This home is a second generation Farmhouse model wi Read More »
Patrone Home

The clients came to visit the Transformations Coppersmith Way Development in Townsend on the National Solar Tour in October several years ago.  They were interested in building an energy efficient historic looking home.  They had built their existi Read More »
Poplar House

Originally built in 1858, the house at 11 Poplar Street, had always been a charming farmhouse with perennial allure, welcoming everyone, even when distressed. It will be again.....that is, once it is finished being reincarnated later next year.The pr Read More »
Lot 8 Rear Elevation
Sandywoods Farm Net Zero Spec House #1

This is the first of two Net Zero houses built on spec by Church Community Housing in the market rate portion of a mixed-income, mixed-use, arts and agricultural community called Sandywoods Farm.  The development includes 50 Affordable apartments in Read More »
Net Zero Energy home Katywil Community Colrain MA
Brooks/Mulligan House

This is a new house in the Katywil Farm Community, an intentional cohousing community in Colrain Massachusetts. It was designed as a Net-Zero house by the owner/architect Peter Brooks after taking Marc Rosenbaum's first NetZero design course. It is d Read More »
south elevation (both units) Build Team installed window air sealing front door heat pump water heater PV inverter PV array range washer/dryer CO2 monitor monitoring base station
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Cottage

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity: "Not only is this build our first Easthampton home, but it is also our first ever Women Build home and our first zero net energy potential house!  That's a lot of firsts!"  This is a fitting project to be the  Read More »
Melpet Farm Residences, Affordable Net Zero Ready

The Residences at Melpet Farm consists of one, two, and three bedroom apartments and will be available to people makng 60-percent or less of the area's median income. Twenty-five percent of the apartments wil be set aside for applicants who are home Read More »
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Hillside Residence

"Minus eighteen degrees outside, sixty-eight degrees inside, and zero ice dams!"House Owner This 2,400 SF four-bedroom house was designed for a growing family with a very tight budget. Construction was largely completed by the end of July of 2014.Th Read More »
Original front view Original interior cat walk Original basement leaky windows Original entrance to furnace Under construction 2"x6" construction with original chimney Southern overhang for solar shading Nail base and seal before stucco First window installed Zola kitchen window from inside 18' Zola slider Impact resistant composite roof Southern deck Closed-cell foam on basement wall Foam in trusses Frontal view under construction New kitchen under constuction Finished master bedroom with alcohol fireplace Finished kitchen External 90% light-blocking remote-control shades Finished frontal view
Lakeridge Trail

When we purchased our home in Lake of the Pines, we did so for the location, not for the house.  The crazy 1975 design included 2 oversized gas furnaces that short-cycled so often the house would never get warm.  Access to one was through a 20"x20" Read More »
Midtown Passive House

The goal of the Midtown Passive House project was to design to the Passive House standard and achieve certification from PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) for the production home builder Brookfield Homes. Brookfield Homes' objective was to offer thi Read More »
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