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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Transformations – 14 Cavite St

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 »
Solar Energy House

Our home is a newly constructed single-family residence located in downtown Maynard, Massachusetts. Maynard is a micro urban community west of Boston full of sidewalks, stores, and eateries.  We reside in the house with our two children.As potential Read More »
Cave Residence

Inspired by issues of global warming, our goal for our new home was to create a comfortable, modern living space that produced more energy than it consumed. We also hoped to produce enough energy to power an electric car to provide the majority of ou Read More »
The Davis House

This renovation transformed this building from an energy guzzler to a resilient and healthy spacious 2-family, designed to use less energy than it produces. Careful planning resulted in high efficiency of the building envelop, of the heating, cooling Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Butler Residence

Brian Butler and his company Boston Green Building recently retrofitted and remodeled his home in Medford, MA (a continental climate). The house was undertaken as part of a pilot program administered by the regions electric and gas company National G 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 »