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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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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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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 »
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