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Viridescent Building

Viridescent BuildingMaine's First Net Positive Passive House - Falmouth, MaineTideSmart Global is an experiential marketing company in Falmouth, Maine that is committed to investing in the future of its employees, its community, and the sustainabilit Read More »
Red Hook Passive House

Residing in Brooklyn’s decaying shipyard district, this modest renovation is to be the first mixed-use building in NYC to meet the most rigorous low-energy construction certification in the world – the Passive House Certification from the PHI in Read More »
South view of renovation showing new PV array with crew in foreground South view of renovated home after snow storm showing PV collectors free of snow Exterior view of duplex before renovation Interior view of dining and kitchen showing bright compact home Interior view of dining and living showing bright compact home
Kraus-Fabel Retrofit

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:One barrier to broader adoption of ZNE practice is the perception of ZNE as expensive and exotic.  In this project we addressed this issue directly, demonstrating that ZNE renovation can be straightforward and practicable, pro Read More »
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212 Arundel Road

I moved to Maine in 1975. I started a business in renewable energy systems, initially wind generators. The first building I put up was a 32' by 64' barn with trusses that could lift 2 ton wind mills and 16 large skylights for day lighting. I then con Read More »
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Guilford Sound Artists' Residence

The Guilford Sound recording and production campus in Guilford, Vermont serves as a site for local and visiting artists and musicians to develop projects—both individually and with members of the Southern Vermont community. This five-bedroom reside Read More »
Front of Benker Residence Solar tracking PV array Back of Benker Residence Slab Insulation Spray Foam at Roof Rafters Blown in Batt Insulation in walls Blown in Batt Insulation at ceiling Rainscreen under construction ERV
Benker Residence

In constructing the Benker residence, the Glastonbury Housesmith built a durable, energy-efficient, and healthy home for the residents. The home focuses on longevity, including features like extra insulation for rot prevention and a stronger structu Read More »
finished! Before DER section no more roof air barrier (sort of) foam and furring yikes that's a lot of foam blower door caulking the framing custom siding profile salvaged flooring to patch our century-old floors Omnisense sensor buried in the exterior wall dense-packed cellulose
Revell Retrofit

The owners, Peter and Rachel Stevens, are also the architects. As they started renovations, it became clear that most of the systems and finishes needed replacing, which made this two-family a perfect candidate for a Deep Energy Retrofit. All the ext Read More »
Dickson Residence and roof solar array Dickson Residence and roof solar array Rain Screen under construction Heat Pump Outdoor Units Wall insulation Slab insulation Open corners reduce thermal bridging ERV for ventilation and reduced energy consumption Door installation detail
Dickson Residence

The Dickson Residence is the project of David Dickson, an architectural designer and design-builder, whose passion for sustainabilty translated to his new home. The tight site thoughtfuly nestles this ~2,000 square foot home behind an existing brick Read More »
Taft House Zip Air Barrier Window Frame Detail Basement Insulation Attic Cellulose Insulation Siding HRV Living Room Garage Solar PV Panels
Taft School Residence

The Taft Residence serves as a home and teaching device, supplying one teacher, and his/her family, with a living residence while offering a learning example for the Taft students of how a high-performance home is designed. This private school was fo Read More »
Spray foam in double stud walls 25" of cellulose in attic Cellulose filling double stud wall cavities ERV Single Family Home Small baseboards provide heat
EcoVillage Ithaca: TREE

TREE is the third neighborhood to join EcoVillage Ithaca, a group of cohousing developments in northern New York that promote clean, emission-free living in a community setting. TREE is a multifamily, co-housing residence that began construction in 2 Read More »
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Trolle Residence

Builder Mike Trolle is no stranger to high performance homes, so he fully embraced these concepts when designing his own home. The home was constructed on the site of a previous home, retaining the foundation wall for structural support. This Passive Read More »
Main Street elevation First Floor Plan Second Floor Plan Interior Elevation In progress Main Street Elevation Site Plan
Waitsfield Town Offices

Maclay Architects was initially hired to explore several possible project sites for renovation or new construction of the new town offices. The town offices have outgrown their current location in the lower level of the town library. They are not whe Read More »
Hobart Net Zero in Massachusetts

This is a rebuild and Deep Energy Retrofit of a 1970's ranch with a full poured cement cellar, with a 1990's addition on concrete piers. The location, within the coastal zone, precluded any expansion of the footprint, but expansion upward was allow Read More »
Lefler Project

We made an attempt to be 2020 compliance to CA. AB-32 using our factory built modular home. We were recognized by PGE "CA ADVANCED HOME" and USGBC-C4 for a 2014 "Green Home Nomination" Our first year of operation costs total $900 Gas and electric whi Read More »
Boston E+ Green Building Program – 226 – 232 Highland St

The E+ Green Building Program is an intiative the City of Boston / Boston Redevelopment Authority purposed to proving the feasibility of regenerative multi-unit residential buildings and to building energy and environmentally positive homes in Boston Read More »
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