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
What Houzz contributors are saying:
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.
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.