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ZERO NET ENERGY HOUSE

type: single family
client: rural development
location: colrain, ma
status: completed 2007

This house was the second affordable home in the nation to receive a LEED for Homes Gold rating. Compact yet comfortable, the house was designed to meet strict energy-conservation goals while providing cozy living spaces. It features extensive air-sealing strategies, super-insulated walls and ceilings, triple-glazed windows, and a radiant concrete slab floor.

The building was oriented for passive and active solar systems, including a 3.2 kW grid-tied photovoltaic system and a solar thermal system for heat and hot water. Steven Winter Associates Inc. provided energy engineering and currently is monitoring the home’s energy usage for one year. The home was built by Rural Development Inc.