Jamestown Net-Zero House
Architect/Designer | Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Builder | Sweenor Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect/Designer | Ryan Associates
Interior Designer | Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Photographer | Anthony Tieuli Photography
This nearly 100-year-old New England cottage was reimagined to create an inviting, comfortable, and environmentally conscious net-zero home. Design and construction goals were complex and multi-faceted. Beyond incorporating game-changing technology to make the home net-zero, the renovation doubled the home’s s footprint with a 1,000-sf addition; introduced a contemporary, open floor plan; resolved asbestos and environmental issues; and restored the charm that had been lost after two mid-century renovations.
While doubling the home in size, and introducing a 6KW solar array, the home remained harmonious in form, material, siting, and scale with the surrounding neighborhood.The renovated home combines traditional shingle-style architecture and state-of-the-art technologies including photovoltaic solar panels, an advanced heat-recovery HVAC system, advanced air sealing and insulation, EnergyStar appliances, triple-glazed argon-filled Low E windows, and LED lighting.