This zero energy home was designed for a family of five on a wooded site with views to the south and west. The house is a one story structure with most living spaces on one level and a small guest loft above the studio in the north. The house is heated entirely with renewable sources , a wood boiler and a wood stove. There is also a 6 KW solar array which generates more electricity than the house consumes annually. The house was built by Bill Heigis and Hobie Guion. The energy engineering was done by Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance Inc. The house has achieved a 5 Star Plus Energy Star Rating from Efficiency Vermont. It has a HERS index rating of 24.The blower door test resulted in .36 ACH at 50P.
East Montpelier VT
This is one of the most energy efficient houses built in Vermont. It is a 3 Bedroom house with a yoga studio and finished space over the garage. The house and land will produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. There is a back up wood stove and solar hot water heater. The house was built by Bill Heigis and Hobie Guion. The energy engineering was done by Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance Inc. The house has achieved a 5 Star Plus Energy Star Rating from Efficiency Vermont. It has a HERS index rating of 12. It has achieved an infiltration rating of less than .2 ACH at 50 P. That is 3 times better than what is required of PassiveHaus.
Tip Top Media WRJ VT
This project is a conversion of a former industrial scale bakery into a multi use building that includes retail, artists' studios, and a restaurant. We worked in collaboration with the developer Matt Bucy and architect Daniel Johnson to redesign facades and finishes as well as reconfigure the plan of the building while adding vertical circulation. A goal for the project was to open up in section internal corridors and bring in light so these spaces could serve as gallery areas for the artists working in the building. Size: 36,000 square feet.
Kristy Court Longmont CO
This house was built as part of the planned community of Prospect New Town in Longmont Colorado. It is a two bedroom house that was built on spec by a builder in the community. The strategies for passive solar heating and passive cooling allow this house to run on a minimum of fossil fuel in the winter and no mechanical air conditioning in the summer time.
Plateau Road Longmont CO
The house was designed for the planned community of Prospect New Town. A three-bedroom house, built on spec by a local developer, the house creates generous indoor and outdoor spaces on a narrow urban lot. Passive solar design helps with heating in the winter and passive cooling in the summer.
This house for a family of four, is a transformation of a structure that was originally built to be a four car garage. Located on an open site in northern Vermont, there are spectacular views to the south and west. We worked on this project in two phases adding the garage and guest wing seven years after the original transformation. This house makes use of solar thermal collectors for space heating and hot water, as well as passive solar. The envelope is super insulated. A wood stove provides a majority of the space heating.
Green Rabbit Bakery Waitsfield VT
The bakery building and electric ovens run entirely on renewable energy provided by photovoltaic panels on the property. The envelope of the structure is super insulated and air tight which contributes to the building's very high level of energy efficiency.
This bakery was built for a producer of artisanal breads. Suzanne Slomin, the head baker and owner, is known for reviving naturally leavened breads with a special proofing process that lasts up to 12 hours. This facility can produce for two weekly deliveries to local markets. The bakery is situated on land that also produces berries, orchard fruit and vegetables. Green Rabbit also makes salad dressings, specialty breads and sweet bakery items. Size: 2500 Square Feet.
We designed and built this house for ourselves. The house is super-insulated, passive solar and passively ventilated. It is heated by the sun and by two cords of wood a winter with a propane heater as back-up. All the electrical needs of building, including hot water, are supplied by a solar array on the property. An air to air heat exchanger contributes to the structure's very high level of energy efficiency. The house serves as a living space and work space for our artwork, cabinet and furniture projects and incorporates a woodshop and studio.
Ice RInk Center Randolph VT
This project was designed and built with students who attend the Norwich University School of Architecture and Art. The building is passive solar with a wood-stove back up heating system. It runs primarily on renewable energy. There are locker rooms for visiting teams and space for birthday parties and a refreshment stand. Size: 2400 Square Feet.
This project is a renovation of an existing house. With two small additions we added an art studio and enlarged the existing kitchen. The goal was to create spaces filled with sunlight to ride through the winter. Changes were also made to the landscaping around the building. Lawn and driveways were transformed into flower beds and an outdoor terrace for eating and entertaining. To increase the energy efficiency of the structure the walls of the additions are airtight and super insulated while insulation was added to existing walls.
This house is a small house for one or two people. It is sited on a wooded site near a stream next to the Green Mountain National Forest. This high performance passive and active solar home is super insulated with a high performing energy efficient envelope. This house runs on less than two cords of wood a year. The rest of the heat is provided by the solar system and some insidental electric backup. Excess heat generated by the sun in summer and on warm days is stored for later use with an innovative solar heating system/thermal storage system designed by the builder J. Craig Robertson.
This house was designed for a couple who spends their winters in Florida. On a wooded site near a lake, this house makes use of shading and passive cooling through vertical airflow and cross-ventilation throughout the building. At the time of its construction it was rated one of the most energy efficient houses in the county where it was built.