Stephanie Horowitz

ZED Discusses Indoor Air Quality with Green Building Advisor

At ZeroEnergy Design, healthy indoor air quality is sacrosanct to all the firm’s projects.

In an interview with Green Building Advisor editor, Brian Pontolilo, for a new in-depth article on indoor air quality and the potential dangers of VOCs in homes, ZED’s Stephanie Horowitz clarified “This is something we pay close attention to on every project. We write it into our specification, we educate our clients about the importance of it, we make it a top priority.”

Stephanie also discussed how ZED specs select no-VOC paints and floor finishes for the firm’s projects.

Click on the link below to read the full article.


ZED Tapped as Expert on Minimizing Construction Waste

Careful planning during the design phase can help divert construction waste from the landfills as well as save money, and it all begins with sizing the home properly.

Right-size rather than over-size - this is the most influential way to reduce construction materials,” said ZED’s Stephanie Horowitz in Houzz’s latest article.

Stephanie shares several additional tips to improve sustainability and minimize construction waste. Clink on the below link to read the full article.



Forbes magazine writer Regina Cole crafts an article about New England high-end homeowner’s interest beyond style and beauty - a growing interest in energy.

The article offers design insights from prominent New England architects, including Stephanie Horowitz, Managing Director at ZeroEnergy Design who shares, “Our clients are well schooled in matters of energy conservation; they come to us with a high level of knowledge.”

Stephanie notes that eco-conscious clients interested in gardening often look for basement root cellars to augment upstairs food storage as part of their general goal towards resiliency and self-sufficiency - ZED’s Farmstead Passive House in Vermont is a good example. She also mentions that Passive House, which advocates rigorous standards for energy efficiency in buildings, is particularly suitable for New England’s cold weather conditions.

The full article is linked below.


Dartmouth Oceanfront House Featured in Ocean Home Magazine

The June-July edition of Ocean Home magazine includes a detailed feature on ZeroEnergy Design’s gorgeous, green, and energy-efficient Dartmouth oceanfront home. The article includes the homeowners perspective as well as that of ZED’s Stephanie Horowitz and other professionals involved in the design and construction of the two-story, modern home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

The empty nest couple wanted a contemporary home that took advantage of the location, accommodated entertaining, allowed them to age in place, and had a low carbon footprint. “ZeroEnergy Design was the obvious choice for us….. they get it in so many ways”, said the homeowners.

During her interview with Ocean Home, architect Stephanie Horowitz clarified “Pairing design and performance is what we do. Great design is green design.”

Read the complete article online:

MORE: OCEAN HOME ARTICLE (Flipbook version)

Architect Stephanie Horowitz to Present Net Positive Project at BSA COTE Event

Stephanie Horowitz AIA, Managing Director at ZeroEnergy Design, will present a net positive LEED Platinum certified project case study at a BSA COTE event on Wednesday June 19, 2019.

WHERE: Boston Society of Architects
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA
WHEN: June 19, 2019, 6pm - 8pm
COST: Free & Open to the Public

Stephanie recently completed a term on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee of the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group. COTE serves nationwide as the community and voice of AIA architects on sustainable design and aims to advance, disseminate, and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

Mark Doughty, President of Thoughtforms Corporation, was the contractor and collaborated on the project. Mark will co-present the case study to the COTE audience.

Two LU/HSW AIA credits are available.


ZED's Stephanie Horowitz to Speak on Luxury Home Design Summit Panel in May

New England Home Magazine is co-producing the Luxury Home Design Summit at the Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa in Chatham, MA, from May 19-21, 2019.

The conference will offer high-level business content and networking for leaders of the luxury home design and construction industry in New England.

Architects, interior designers, landscape architects and designers, builders, contractors, showroom owners, and suppliers in the luxury home niche will have the opportunity to develop a stronger understanding of their market and community through face-to-face access to leading experts on innovation, affluent consumers, effective leadership, and maximizing performance.

ZED Managing Director Stephanie Horowitz will participate in the New England Powerhouse Panel discussion on May 21.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 2:30-3:15 PM

The panelists include prominent design professionals in the talent-rich New England landscape who have risen to the top relying on their talents while successfully navigating key inflection points in their businesses. Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief of New England Home, will lead the panelists through the discussion as they share behind-the-scenes moments that contributed to their success.

We hope to see you there!


Now Practice Now

Turf—Where do we work? How do we work?

Today's urban challenges are reshaping the scale, specialization and composition of design practice. Overlapping boundaries and transdisciplinary thinking is needed to address the contemporary urban condition. Where—and how—do firms, teams and individuals practice design today? Why is this important to the future of practice?

June 14 | 6-8PM | BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston


Framing the topic
Christine Dunn AIA
principal, Sasaki

David Gamble AIA
principal, Gamble Associates

Mark Doughty
general manager, Thoughtforms

Shauna Gillies-Smith ASLA
founding principal, GROUND

Stephanie Horowitz AIA
managing director, ZeroEnergy Design

Daniel St. Clair
managing director, Spaulding & Slye Investments

Carole Wedge FAIA
president, Shepley Bulfinch

Town hall discussion
All are invited to participate.

About the Now Practice Now Series

Equity. Inclusion. Design. Technology. Environment. Resources. Innovation.

Architecture practice now faces significant challenges. Changes in technology, production, and collaboration are altering traditional modes of working. The Now Practice Now workshops explore the means and methods of transforming practice. The series is for those who now practice.

Jay Wickersham FAIA, 2018 BSA president, and the Now Practice Now committee invite you to join us for three candid discussions. Together we'll create a framework for the Now Practice Now Summit in Fall 2018.              

Have your say: @BSAAIA #NOWPRACTICE.


TITLE  |  Through Rain, and Sleet, and Snow and Sun - Designing and Building for the New England Climate

DATE  |  Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30pm

SUMMARY  |  So you're ready to build or renovate.

What new products, technology, innovative ideas and design trends will sustain your home for years to come? And, once your dream home is finished, what can you do to protect your investment from the ever-changing, harsh New England weather? From choosing the right materials for inside and outside your home, to planning landscaping that can combat the elements, to learning tips and tricks for proper care and maintenance of everything from the roof to the basement and everything in-between - learn from the experts on how to be build and maintain your investment for the long run.

MODERATOR  |  Kevin O'Connor,  Host of This Old House

  - Stephanie Horowitz  |  ZeroEnergy Design
  - D. Michael Collins  |  D. Michael Collins Architects
  - Kenneth Vona  |  Kenneth Vona Construction
  - Stephanie O'Brien  |  CUMAR Marble and Granite
  - Greg Lombardi  |  Gregory Lombardi Design