21st-century technology and a classic look come together in a shingle-style house that produces more energy than it consumes.
Synopsis: Vermont’s homes and barns have a quintessentially timeless, rural look. When the authors, builders Bill Heigis and Hobie Guion, met with their clients, they were charged with combining this familiar image with the most up-to-date building technologies. Their clients wanted a house built with local, sustainable materials, powered by the sun and heated by the warmth of the earth. The result is a net-zero energy use home with a tight envelope around a lean space, heavily insulated and mechanically ventilated, and heated by a ground-source heat pump powered by a photovoltaic array. What else makes this house net-zero? A Metlund on-demand hot-water system, a GFX gray-water heat-recovery system, an Esse Ironheart woodstove, and a Kenmore induction cooktop, to name a few. All of this is wrapped in finely crafted woodwork, hand-troweled plaster, and native stone. Oh, yeah: There’s a barn, too.
A cedar-shingled house with steep gabled roofs, shed dormers, and a nearby barn is a familiar image in the Vermont countryside. It’s a low-tech look that has radiated the promises of shelter, warmth, and livability for centuries.
Our clients, Chip and Susan Stone, had a vision for a home that combined this timeless rural look with the most up-to-date building technologies. They wanted a house constructed of sustainable materials (preferably local), powered by the sun, and heated by the warmth of the earth.
We eventually developed a plan to create a house with a tight envelope around a lean space. It would be heavily insulated and mechanically ventilated to ensure good indoor-air quality. The heat would be supplied by a ground-source heat pump powered by a photovoltaic array. And all of this would be wrapped in finely crafted woodwork, hand-troweled plaster walls, and native stone details. Here’s how we did it.
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