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ZED Projects Selected as Case Studies for Green Building Principles

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As the City of Newton puts together a bold Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Green Newton, a non-profit organization with over 28 years of local environment action, education and advocacy expertise, is calling for the City, and all governments, to adopt green principles to evaluate and guide building projects. ZeroEnergy Design is proud to have our Parker Positive, Linnaean Apartments, and Newton Net Zero projects included in Green Newton’s case studies for green building practices.

The Parker Positive design includes three net positive energy buildings to house eight families. Targeting USGBC LEED Platinum certification, the buildings have green features such as photovoltaic systems to charge the homeowners’ electric cars, on-site composting, and rainwater catchment and reuse.

Linnaean Apartments contain 20 units of elderly/disabled efficiency dwelling units in a low-rise building originally constructed in 1962. The project goal is a full envelope and systems update to achieve a deep energy retrofit with improved occupant comfort, low operating costs, healthier indoor air quality, long-term durability with low maintenance, and zero on-site fossil fuel use.

The Newton Net Zero project in Newton is a high-performance single family home with exceptional air sealing to reduce heat loss, high-efficiency appliances, and a solar photovoltaic system that produces more than enough energy to offset the annual consumption.

Green Newton’s programs and advocacy are aimed at building awareness, providing opportunities for public dialogue, and educating and empowering citizens to take personal and civic action to protect the environment. Its members and volunteers work towards creating sustainable solutions to environmental problems facing the city of Newton and the world, often in collaboration with the local government and schools, and with other non-profits across Massachusetts.

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ZED’s Boston Row House Featured in HOUZZ

ZeroEnergy Design’s ‘modern meets traditional’ project in Boston’s historic South End neighborhood was recently featured in HOUZZ magazine. This Victorian-era row house is home to a family who fell in love with the neighborhood and wanted to renovate the historic architecture of the building to accommodate their modern lifestyle and aesthetic tastes while keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum.

The updated design features a new everyday entrance with a mudroom and a powder room, an expanded eat-in kitchen with extra counter space and storage, a separate kid’s zone, and a second-floor master suite. High performance triple-pane windows, a new all-electric heating and cooling system, LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, charging stations for electric cars, and groundwork for future photovoltaic roof panels round out the home’s green features.

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ZeroEnergy Design’s Farmhouse Wins a BSA Sustainable Design Award

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ZeroEnergy Design’s Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse project was the recipient of a Sustainable Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) presented at the 8th annual BSA Design Awards Gala on January 17, 2019. The BSA Design Awards Gala is the design community’s highest celebration of great design and is attended by architects, designers, developers, builders, and industry professionals.

The BSA jury stated that the “Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse is an excellent example of what a new single family dwelling could – and should – look like, addressing food production and resiliency while delivering great metrics.

Designed to produce 67% more energy annually than it uses, the Lincoln Farmhouse in Lincoln, Massachusetts, demonstrates ZeroEnergy Design’s continued commitment to healthy and energy-efficient design practices. The 2,900 sq ft green home was built as a collaboration between ZED and custom homebuilder, Thoughtforms, and is designed to suit the client’s lifestyle with open concept living and family areas, an optional first floor guest suite, a separate craft area, and a root cellar for storing food.

The home consumes far less energy than a code-built house and has a 13.1 kW array of solar panels that produces more energy than needed to offset consumption annually, making it ‘net positive’. A super-insulated building envelope, high performance windows, an air source heat pump, an energy recovery ventilator, high-efficiency water fixtures, and ENERGY STAR appliances are some of the home’s other notable features.

The project is USGBC LEED Platinum certified and has received Zero Energy Certification and a REVEAL label from the International Living Future Institute. It previously won the 2017 Fine Homebuilding HOUSES Award for Best Energy-Smart Home and was also featured in HOUZZ magazine.

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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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BRICC Award for New Cape Cod Green Home

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ZeroEnergy Design and A.F. Hultin & Co. Won a BRICC Award for Excellence in New Single-Family Home Design and Construction. The award winning Boston architect and Cape Cod contractor were recognized for a green, energy efficient, Cape Cod home.

The recognition was for a three-bedroom, two and a half bath new green home in Wellfleet, MA created for a West Coast couple that wanted a vacation home for themselves, their family and as rental property.

Our clients are academic professionals and their focus is sustainability,” said Stephanie Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design. “When they couldn’t find a green home for sale on Cape Cod, they purchased a piece of property near their family and commissioned our firm to design one.”

Several green attributes function in unison to create the energy efficient 1,800 square-foot home. Continuous super-insulation and exceptional air sealing reduce the annual heating requirements. Triple-pane windows to capture views and passive solar gain. An air source heat pump keeps the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. High efficiency appliances and LED lighting keep energy consumption low. On the rooftop, a solar electric system produces enough energy to offset most of the annual energy consumption. Overall, the home uses 89% less energy than similar new homes.

The home layout is also efficient with an L-shaped open living, dining and kitchen space to allow ample space for entertaining. The master suite with a built-in study is located at the western end on the entry level, while on the lower level are two guest bedrooms, a full bathroom and the laundry area.

The home is built on a sloping site optimized for outdoor entertaining through the use of a dining patio on grade and a platform deck without the need for railings. Beautiful views of the surrounding forest are captured while still attracting natural light throughout the home.

The entire team worked hard to create this green home that meets all the client’s wishes and our collective commitment to ecologically sensible design,” Horowitz said. “We also have to credit the contractor, A.F. Hultin, who executed the design exceptionally well.

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About the architect, ZeroEnergy Design:

ZeroEnergy Design provides full service modern green architecture and mechanical design. The firm designs green homes and buildings pursuing exceptional energy performance. The unique collaboration in-house between architecture, mechanical design, and financial analysis drives a competitive advantage and enables the firm to deliver fully integrated design services.  https://ZeroEnergy.com

About the contractor, A.F. Hultin & Co:

A.F. Hultin builds architecturally-designed, custom homes in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham. With over 35 years of experience, they understand the unique requirements of building on the Outer Cape, including all aspects of home building and remodeling. Their long-standing relationships with experienced local tradesmen and staff of licensed carpenters allows them to manage all aspects of each project.  http://ArtHultin.com

Fine Homebuilding - Environment for Retirement

Fine Homebuilding magazine’s latest issue includes the HOUSES by DESIGN section with a ZED project article called Environment for Retirement. As long term fans of the publication and winners of the 2017 Fine Homebuilding HOUSES award, ZED is thrilled to receive this continuing coverage.

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Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse Tour

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ZeroEnergy Design and Thoughtforms are hosting a tour of the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse, as part of a larger Greenbuild tour of 4 high performance homes & buildings.

Join us for a green home tour and detailed presentation!

Transportation facilitated by Greenbuild.

DATE:  Monday, November 6 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

PRICE: $100 for full day tour (until 11/3) includes 4 projects, transportation, lunch.

REGISTRATION:  Choose 'REGISTER NOW' and then choose 'Attendee'

SESSION TITLE:  "TM03 - Net Positive Revolution"  SESSION DESCRIPTION

PRICING:  Look for the 'SPECIAL EVENTS' section for pricing.

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.

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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Fine Homebuilding on Green Home by ZED

Fine Homebuilding has an excellent article about a green home by ZED (Margate Residence) in the August/Sept 2016 Issue which is available in print now.

Be sure to either 1) pick up a copy at you local bookstore, 2) view the free slideshow below, or 3) become a Fine Homebuilding member so you can read the full article.

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Resilient Green Home wins International Green GOOD DESIGN Award

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design presented a 2016 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award for the Margate Resilient Residence to ZeroEnergy Design.

Green GOOD DESIGN identifies and emphasizes the world’s most important examples of sustainable design, while also helping develop public awareness about companies that provide the best in ecological and sustainable design.

The original GOOD DESIGN award program founded in Chicago in 1950 remains among the oldest and most important Awards Program worldwide. 

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