Free Passive House Book

A #FREE #PassiveHouse book of project case studies!

Just released, Passive House Buildings: New England Forges Ahead, is a collaboration between the Passive House groups from Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts to publish this collection of high performance, regional case studies. 

The book includes ZeroEnergy Design's involvement with 8 separate project cases!

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ZED awarded Best of Houzz 2017 for Design!

Best of Houzz 2017 - Design

Best of Houzz 2017 - Design

ZED has been awarded "Best of Houzz 2017" for Design by Houzz, a leading website for home design and architecture.

With a focus on green modern homes, ZeroEnergy Design was selected by the 40 million monthly Houzz users from among the thousands of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals listed on the website.

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Homeowners Attend Newton Net Zero Tour

The Newton Net Zero tour was a strong success!  50+ attendees joined ZeroEnergy Design (the architect) and Auburndale Builders (the contractor) for a presentation and tour of the property while under construction. Both firms are grateful for the promotional cooperation of Green Newton and Historic Newton, helping to share the opportunity and enable homeowners to view a new house with exceptional energy performance, healthy indoor air quality, and resilient design.

Stephanie Horowitz AIA, Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design, discusses the design process essential to achieving a net zero energy home.

Stephanie Horowitz AIA, Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design, discusses the design process essential to achieving a net zero energy home.

Matthew Genaze, Project Manager & Designer at ZeroEnergy Design, discusses how to achieve an airtight enclosure.

Matthew Genaze, Project Manager & Designer at ZeroEnergy Design, discusses how to achieve an airtight enclosure.

Nick Falkoff, General Manager of Auburndale Builders, explains how his staff implemented the exterior rigid insulation, and when soon combined with cavity insulation, will achieve super-insulation for the home.

Nick Falkoff, General Manager of Auburndale Builders, explains how his staff implemented the exterior rigid insulation, and when soon combined with cavity insulation, will achieve super-insulation for the home.

Ryan McCarthy, Project Manager at Auburndale Builders, describes the wall assembly using a mock-up.

Ryan McCarthy, Project Manager at Auburndale Builders, describes the wall assembly using a mock-up.

A thermal image shows the warm attendees on the cold and stormy day.

A thermal image shows the warm attendees on the cold and stormy day.

Net Zero Home Construction Tour

Please join us for a tour of a Newton net zero energy home under construction.

Go behind the scenes to learn about the design and construction of a green home that will produce as much energy annually as it consumes. ZeroEnergy Design, the architect, and Auburndale Builders, the contractor, will explain how the project achieves exceptional energy performance, healthy indoor air quality, superior thermal comfort, and long term durability. The event includes a tour of the building and systems while the walls are still open for viewing, plus a short explanatory presentation.

DATE:  January 18, 2017, Wednesday at 12PM

LOCATION:  Newton MA
(Street address provided approx a week before tour to confirmed attendees.)

DETAILS:  Attendance is free.  RSVP required!
Reserve your space by emailing info@zeroenergy.com with name & phone.

Passive House Accelerates

The largest Passive House conference in North America, the NAPHN16 Conference & Expo, included a conference program book: Passive House Accelerates which is available online. 

The book provides an overview of the conference and the people, companies, and institutions making Passive House a reality today, including an interview with ZeroEnergy Design's Jordan Goldman.

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Celebrating Best Sustainable Architect

L to R: Adam Prince, Stephanie Horowitz AIA, and John Mucciarone of ZeroEnergy Design

L to R: Adam Prince, Stephanie Horowitz AIA, and John Mucciarone of ZeroEnergy Design

Representative ZED team members were thrilled to celebrate the Best of Boston Home® 2017 award Best Sustainable Architect, Boston while at the Innovation & Design Building last night!  Thanks to @BostonHomeMag & @BostonMagazine - We are grateful for the honor.

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2016 Passive House Symposium Success!

2016 Passive House Symposium was a resounding success! Speakers, vendors, and attendees all gathered at District Hall in Boston for a full day of amazing content and knowledge sharing.   Panels covered a variety of topics, including the legislative process, selling Passive homes, wall sections, and multifamily buildings.

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Below from left to right:  Panelists  Senator William Brownsberger, Emily Norton, Masschusetts Chapter Director of the Sierra Club, and Eugenia Gibbons, Clean Energy Program Director of the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance.

Below:  Panel moderator Stephanie Horowitz, member of Passive House Massachusetts Board of Directors, and Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design.

Below: Keynote speaker Ken Levinson, President of New York Passive House.

PRISM Awards: 'Best Net Zero/Passive House’ and ‘Best Energy Efficient Project’

The 2016 PRISM Awards honored ZeroEnergy Design and Thoughtforms with two awards: ‘Best Net Zero/Passive House’ and ‘Best Energy Efficient Project’ for the Lincoln Farmhouse. Hosted by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, the PRISM Awards seek excellence in building, design, and industry related categories.

The Lincoln Farmhouse, a collaboration between Thoughtforms & ZeroEnergy Design, demonstrates that families who desire a green home do not need to compromise on style, space or comfort. With more than a year of measured occupancy to date, the home unquestionably provides exceptional energy performance, healthy indoor air quality, water efficiency, thermal comfort, and long term resilience, all within a welcoming, New England aesthetic.

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6th Nationwide for Sustainability

ZeroEnergy Design was selected for the national 2016 ARCHITECT 50 list, a list of the top architecture firms across the country generated annually by Architect magazine, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects.

After more than a decade of high performance design, ZeroEnergy Design fared exceptionally well against far larger firms, including placing 6th nationwide on the Sustainability list. 

Contributing factors include that over 82% of the firm’s designed projects exceed the AIA 2030 goals, and for those post-construction projects with collected data, 87% met the predicted energy use intensity goals with real world performance.

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Stephanie Horowitz Moderates AIA New England Passive House Panel

At the up-coming AIA New England 2016 Regional Conference, ZeroEnergy Design's Stephanie Horowitz will be moderating the panel:  PASSIVE HOUSE AND MAINE - How did a small rural state become a national design leader in energy efficiency?

The workshop panel will focus explore architects and builders in Maine as early adopters of the German energy efficiency standard, and their holistic architecture that raises technical performance to the same level as aesthetic design.

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