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English Residence Solar House (Massachusetts, USA)

Credits: ©2009 Zero Energy Design

This home features a vegetated roof, 2.4 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic system, pre-plumbed solar hot water system, radiant floor heating on the first floor, heat recovery ventilator, open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation with additional rigid insulation, FSC decking, Hardiplank & cedar siding, bamboo flooring, Caezarstone quartz countertops, Watersense certified fixtures and toilets, drywells for stormwater run-off, high efficiency lighting, and low VOC paints. The home was designed by Zero Energy Design and built by Cape Associates and was featured in the 2009 National Solar Tour.

 

English Residence Solar House Panels (Massachusetts, USA)

The home was designed by Zero Energy Design and built by Cape Associates and was featured in the 2009 National Solar Tour. ©2009 Zero Energy Design

The home uses strategically positioned windows to capture the outdoor environment, take advantage of passive solar heating and lighting, and reveal the water views of the lot. This is all accomplished even though the primary views of the home are to the west, and not to the south. This lakefront home replaces the original modern-style house built on the site in the 1960's, yet brings the energy performance up to today's highest standards. A portion of the house has a living green roof, which provides additional insulation and energy savings, and reduces run-off from storms.

A separate elevated roof deck helps attain greater water views of the lake 100 feet away, while canvas awnings protect people lounging there during periods of hot sun. On the ground level, another deck provides safe step-down decking as stairs, which can also be used as seating for family events with no railings to block the views. The interior has an open living, cook, and dining space, together with a yoga and art area, three bedrooms, a shaded first floor porch area, and a second floor roof deck.

The 2,600 square-foot home is targeting LEED Gold certification and was Energy Star certified. The English Residence scored a 39 on the HERS Index – a high energy efficiency score. Construction by Cape Associates.

Project Details:

Type of Building: Modern Private Residence


Architect/Designer: ZeroEnergy Design


Square Feet: 2600

Builder: Cape Associates


Building Style: Modern Private Residence


Year Built: 2009


Fuel Type: Propane


Annual Heating Fuel Consumption: New home

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Electricity Use: New home so unknown
Year of PV/Solar Hot Water System: 2009


Window Brand: Marvin


Insulation Type: open cell, closed cell, and rigid insulation


Building Features: LEED rated, Energy Star rated, Solar domestic hot water, Heat recovery ventilation, Grid Tied PV, Radiant floor heating, Recycled Materials, Non-Toxic Products, FSC Certified Wood, Green Roof, Energy Star Appliances

Building
Features Detail: Features of the home include a green roof, grid tied 2.4 kilowatts of solar electric and a Solectria invertor, a preplumbed solar hot water system, radiant floor heating on the first floor, heat recovery ventilator, open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation with additional rigid insulation, Energy Star Certified (HERS 39), registered for LEED certification with a target of Gold, FSC decking, Hardiplank & cedar siding, bamboo flooring, Caezarstone quartz countertops, Watersense certified fixtures and toilets, drywells for stormwater run-off, high efficiency lighting, low VOC paint, and many other features.


General Information: This modern lakefront home tucked away on Pilgrim Lake in Orleans was just completed in August of 2009. The interior features an open living, cooking, and dining space, a yoga and art area, three bedrooms, a first floor porch, a green roof and a second floor roof deck with an outdoor kitchen. Architecture, mechanical engineering, and energy modeling by ZeroEnergy Design (www.ZeroEnergy.com). Construction by Cape Associates (www.CapeAssociates.com).


Special Considerations: Parking is limited, however we plan to have assistance available to help manage the cars.


Resources

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