This home, designed by Boston-based ZeroEnergyDesign, has a spectacular west-facing view of the water and sunset and utilizes near net-zero energy, photovoltaic system, geothermal heating and cooling. Photo credit: Eric Roth.
It was important to the homeowners to minimize the home’s reliance of fossil fuels. Propane is used only for cooking. There is no natural gas.
An air exchange and energy recovery system provides clean fresh air throughout the year.
The roof sports a large solar electric array installed by NexAmp to offset energy usage through the use of net metering. A battery back-up and energy management system from GridPoint stores electricity in the event of a power loss.
Flooring was limited to slate, bamboo, and polished concrete, while omitting any carpeting that might capture dust, mites, mold, or moisture. The rapidly renewable bamboo flooring is bound with nontoxic glues.
The exterior finishes will allow the home to turn a traditional Cape Cod grey and blend into the dunes.
The site is vegetated with indigenous plants that prevent erosion and won’t require irrigation. They have been carefully selected by landscape consultant Heimarck & Foglia.
The insulation in interior walls and floor, used for sound insulation and to improve the performance of the radiant heating system, is formaldehyde-free.
An energy efficient building envelope, combined with the solar array will allow the home to produce nearly as much energy as it uses over the course of a year.