Passive House RetreatTransitional Exterior, Providence

- AIA/BSA Design Award 2012
- 2012 EcoHome Design Award
- PRISM 2013 Award

This LEED Gold certified vacation residence located in a beautiful ocean community on the New England coast features high performance and creative use of space in a small package. ZED designed the simple, gable-roofed structure and proposed the Passive House standard. The resulting home consumes only one-tenth of the energy for heating compared to a similar new home built only to code requirements.

Architecture | ZeroEnergy Design
Construction | Aedi Construction
Photos | Greg Premru Photography

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sherisue wrote:Sep 19, 2012
  • jeanps

    Perfection! Do you know if this type of house would work in a canyon?

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    Each site and owner is unique, which is why each of our designs are unique. This house was designed for a) strong southern exposure and b) a north facing view in c) a cold northern climate with d) a family that had specific layout & amenity desires. It's likely that your site, climate, orientation, and desires are all a bit different, but that's why design custom homes - they fit each client like a glove!

Debbie Born wrote:Apr 18, 2014
Jasmine Calleja wrote:Sep 11, 2013
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    Designed in 2010, Built between 2010/2011, LEED Gold certification finalized December 2011.
  • Jasmine Calleja
    Awesome! Thanks a lot for that, ZeroEnergy Design. I really appreciate that you took the time to reply to me!
Terry Clayton wrote:Feb 4, 2017
Teri Comstock wrote:May 10, 2016
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    The cedar clapboards were not finished, and were left to silver naturally. Due in part to the full rainscreen system behind, they can dry in both directions and have fared well.

Johanna Wise_Segatti wrote:Oct 4, 2013
Brian Rogers wrote:Oct 29, 2012
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    The square footage is about 1200, and yes, the design can be modified. There are two lofted areas, each of which could be bedrooms. As a custom architect, each of our designs is customized for the needs of the individual homeowner.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Dorman Architects added this to See 6 Homes That Rise to the Rural LandscapeApr 11, 2013

Passive House Retreat, New England, Zero Energy DesignThis is an elegant house carefully designed to low-energy passive standards. It has a compact footprint with large openings to the south and small openings to the north. It is clad in wood shingles per the local tradition, with no superfluous detailing. The house sits naturally and delicately among a meadow of wild grasses and flowers.

Becky Harris added this to 5 Surprisingly Contemporary Country HomesOct 25, 2012

See the rest of this home

Becky Harris added this to Houzz Tour: Bright, Sun-Warmed New England GetawayAug 30, 2012

Passive design makes the most of the sun; the house is oriented so that specially glazed, high-performance windows face south. With a tight envelope, the house is very well insulated and doesn't leak heat. However, the most important aspect of successful architecture is always livability, which in this case meant creating a comfortable house that took advantage of landscape views and was sized appropriately.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Cort Wilson added this to ExteriorOct 4, 2019

Simple shape with bump out entry

Noah Shelby added this to Exterior Architectural FeaturesSep 23, 2019

I like the matte finish on the wood

HU-948013816 added this to My ideasJul 5, 2019

Like the exterior with the part that sticks out.

evripide added this to Tiny HouseFeb 17, 2019

plan, simplicité, lumière, durabilité

Sumeet Mak added this to Huff RdOct 20, 2018

Passive house with a gable roof

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