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Hollis, NH DER

This project involves taking a single family home that was built in the 1970s and transforming it into a super-insulated high effeciency home that is Net-Zero Ready Read More »
south elevation (both units) Build Team installed window air sealing front door heat pump water heater PV inverter PV array CO2 monitor monitoring base station
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Bungalow

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 MJ Read More »
KVCC entrance KVCC Sustainable Ag KVCC Lecture Hall KVCC Entrance Canopy KVCC Lecture Hall KVCC Culinary Lab KVCC Classroom Entrance KVCC Bathroom KVCC Mud Room Entrance
KVCC Sustainable Agriculture Building

With the acquisition of nearly 800 acres of land, Kennebec Valley Community College is developing the Alfond Campus. SMRT designed the first new building on the site, a laboratory and classroom building that includes 3 labs; food prep/packaging, soil Read More »
Front of house kitchen window Mechanical ventilation
Cape Cod Passive House

This is the third house in Massachusetts to achieve PHIUS+ Passive House Certification and the second one in Falmouth.  The home, which is owned by the CPHC and his wife, has a living area of 2,400 ft2. Read More »
Passive active including electricity space heating and DHW
Curved Contemporary

This home was designed more than 30 years ago for my wife Frances and I and our two children. Our two sons have moved out, and we've been working towards net zero. Electrically we have made it; we have a 5.85kW PV array with a net meter. Finally, las Read More »
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 »
finished vew Living room Dining kitchen porch outside FrinklePod Farm gang wall construction Wall to truss blueprints
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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