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Bennington Superior Courthouse and State Office Building

The renovated Bennington Superior Courthouse and State Office Building is now one of the healthiest and most energy efficient buildings in the state of Vermont. The vision for the project focused on the development of a healthy indoor work environmen Read More »
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Scionwood Retreat

It is now February of 2016 and at Scionwood Retreat, Kathryn and I have lived in a 100% sustainable sourced Net Zero Energy Home since 2006. It happened instantaneously nearly 10 years ago in September of that year. I will share our story with you an Read More »
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Echo Lake Residence

The clients, who hired us to design this home on their lake area property, had done their homework. They had a good grasp of what they wanted to acheive, and how they might get there. The goal from the onset was a net-zero home with as much passive s Read More »
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Mission Zero House

When Matt and Kelly Grocoff first bought the Victorian-era Gauss house, it was their dream house . . . complete with lead paint, asbestos siding, zero insulation (except for a layer of newspaper in the attic dated 1902), a 1957 gas furnace, a fridge Read More »
Modern Portland Residence

The Modern Portland Residence design is a balance of sustainability, the client's needs, budget, and context. In order to save on precious floor area, energy use, and money, an efficient floor plan was developed exploring bold moves like eliminatin Read More »
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The ROSE Cottage Project

This project takes the long-term investment of a high energy performance home (Zero Net Energy) and adds function and value by adding a multi-generational use layout and incorporating aging-in-place features. Although privately funded, the project wa Read More »
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Mechanic Street Passive House

When the Hevenor family approached Steve DeMetrick of DeMetrick Housewrights about building their new home in Wakefield, Rhode Island, they already knew that they wanted a Passive House. This young family of four had purchased an infill lot close to Read More »
Indra's Energy+ Household

This projects describes the steps taken to retrofit an exsiting single family home in Cupertino California to be net energy positive including daily transportation needs. The house has maintained net energy positive status for 5 years straight showin Read More »
Hitchcock Center for the Environment

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment (HCE) is a nonprofit environmental education center in Amherst, MA that has served Western Massachusetts for over 50 years. The Center serves over 9,000 visitors annually through educational programing and ev Read More »
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Trail Magic

My wife, Mary, and I had long admired and wanted to live in a passive solar house similar to the one built in 1981 by our good friends, David and Harriet Borton. We replicated what they did with better materials and added solar produced electricity.O Read More »
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HELIOS Passive & Active Solar Home – Net Zero Energy

HELIOS is the architect's own home which evolved over time from a passive solar home, to a home which also reduced its hot water needs, to a home with reduced heating and cooling energy loads, and finally to a net zero energy home.   Helios was firs Read More »
John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building

The John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building is as a shared resource occupied by multiple disciplines within the Sciences and Health Professions disciplines at Bristol Community College. The facility represents the translation of basic science to i Read More »
Walden Pond Visitor Center

Walden Pond State Reservation is an internationally acclaimed National Historic Landmark and protected open space along 330 acres. Over 500,000 visitors a year visit the pond due to its great beauty, as well as inspiration of Henry David Thoreau. Th Read More »
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Brown House Road

Preferred Builders knows a thing or two about spec homes, especially the well appointed, heavily-adorned variety usually found in the Greenwich real estate pages. Peter Fusaro, however, noticed a recent shift in attitude and traded excessive millwork Read More »
Torcellini Residence

The Torcellini Residence, a three-bedroom 1920’s bungalow style home, is designed to emphasize durability, reduce consumption, and improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) acted as the HERS rater and provided ENERGY ST Read More »
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