Center for Agriculture & The Environment at Appleton Farms

The Trustees of Reservations asked ZED help achieve the organization's goal of net zero carbon.  The newly renovated center includes classrooms, a meeting room, offices, and a commercial kitchen.

Background.  The Center for Agriculture and the Environment at Appleton Farms is the heart of this dynamic property, which includes numerous agricultural and commercial structures on well over 1,000 acres. For over 200 years the original farmhouse was home to generations of the Appleton family.

Program.  This office rehabilitation project converted 4,800 square feet including two distinct elements, the original 1794 farmhouse and the 1872 west wing, both of which have been abandoned and "mothballed" for over 15 years. The renovated building includes staff and management office space, classrooms, meeting room, and a commercial kitchen.

Deep Energy Retrofit.  The project underwent a deep energy retrofit, including a full gut to the frame, fully updated building envelope, complete systems replacement, and the addition of renewable energy systems. Heat and hot water are provided by a biomass boiler. A large ground mount solar array offsets all electric consumption with clean renewable energy. Now renovated to LEED Platinum levels, the energy performance is net zero carbon, in alignment with client goals.

 

SERVICES: CONSULTING PROJECT

- Energy Consulting
- Mechanical Design

PERFORMANCE

Net Zero Carbon
EUI: 24.6kBtu/sf/yr
Better Than Code: 53%
 

PROJECT DATA

Building Type  Institutional
Floor Area  4800SF


CONSTRUCTION

Walls/Roof/Foundation
2x6 w/ Rigid Foam Board
Cavity Filled with Spray Foam
Windows/Doors
Rebuilt Original Windows


MECHANICAL

Heating & Hot Water
Biomass
Ventilation
Heat Recovery Ventilator
 

RENEWABLES

Solar Electric
Ground Mount Array
 

TEAM

Trustees of Reservations
Client
Allsop Design
Architecture
ZeroEnergy Design
Energy Consulting
Mechanical Design