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ZED’s Ocean Retreat in South Dartmouth Wins PRISM Award

ZeroEnergy Design’s modern oceanfront home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was recognized with a PRISM Gold Award for Best Single Family Home: 3000-6000sf at the 2018 Annual Prism Awards Gala. The PRISM Awards, organized by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), recognize the finest projects and outstanding achievements of architects, builders and other professionals in the home building industry.

The winning project was commissioned by a couple drawn to the coastal New England site for its breathtaking ocean views and proximity to Boston. While ZED’s design embraces the land’s natural topography, maximizes the ocean views from the living spaces, and offers seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces to entertain in style, it also ensures the owners have a comfortable ‘forever home’ with accessibility features that will allow them to age in place.

Minimized HVAC systems and artfully concealed exterior shades provide optimal thermal comfort year round in New England weather even as the carefully designed mechanical systems and the super-insulated enclosure maintain energy efficiency. The charging ports in the garage for electric cars and the photovoltaic system that generates enough energy to offset the home’s annual consumption actualize the owners’ desire to lead a low-carbon lifestyle.

The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston is one of the leading trade associations in New England since its inception in 1944. It is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts (HBRAMA), and promotes professionalism and high ethical standards for the industry, influences public policy and encourages civic and environmental responsibility within the building industry. The PRISM Awards gala is the BRAGB’s flagship event of the year.

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Boston Design Guide Blog

Boston Design Guide covered the news about the recent BRICC award for ZED’s Wellfleet Modern Home. ZeroEnergy Design and A.F. Hultin & Co. won a BRICC Award for "Excellence in New Single-Family Home Design and Construction". The recognition was for a three-bedroom, two and a half bath new green, energy efficient home in Wellfleet, MA created for a West Coast couple with Cape Cod family.

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Sustainability + Preservation Presentation

TITLE  | Sustainability + Preservation

DATE  | Tuesday April 3 at 6:30PM

SUMMARY  | Can you make your home more energy efficient while still respecting its historic character? Yes!     Panelists Stephanie Horowitz (ZeroEnergy Design), Paul Eldrenkamp (Byggmeister), and Nick Falkoff (Auburndale Builders) discuss how to blend comfort, carbon footprint, and preservation.   Suggested donation, $5 per person.

PRESENTED BY  | Historic Newton - Energy Efficiency for Old Homes

LOCATION  | The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton, MA.

ATTEND  | REGISTER

NOW A REGISTERED ARCHITECT

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ZeroEnergy Design is proud to announce that Matthew Genaze is now a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

After years of schooling, rigorous professional exams, and extensive experience in the field, this formal registration and associated recognition is well deserved. As a Project Manager at ZED, Matthew’s responsibilities include shepherding projects from schematic design through construction administration as well as guiding clients ambitions into reality.

Matthew recently completed the design and construction oversight of a new zero energy home in Newton, MA. He is currently overseeing the construction of two projects, a new home in Hopkinton, MA and a renovation/addition in Belmont, MA.

Prior to joining ZED, Matthew worked in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles on a diverse range of residential, multi-family housing, academic, institutional, and civic buildings. Matthew is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a LEED Accredited Professional, and now a Registered Architect. He received a Master of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.

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.

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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ARCHITECT 50 List + 6th for Sustainability Nationwide

Architect magazine named ZeroEnergy Design on the ARCHITECT 50 list!
ZED also placed 6th for Sustainability in the United States!

The national 2016 ARCHITECT 50 list, a list of the top architecture firms across the country, is generated annually by Architect magazine, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects.

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Architects were rated and listed in separate categories, including business, sustainability, and design, plus an overall score. The rating methodology utilized a formula generated by industry experts and was paired with judging interpretations by Architect magazine editors.

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