Our principal and founder Stew Roberts’ new Net Zero house in Willis Point on the Maine coast is now featured in The Boston Globe. Here are some excerpts:
“The project afforded Roberts the opportunity to revisit his architectural roots: In the1970s, before devoting his career to designing public libraries, the architect concentrated on passive solar houses and other buildings employing then-experimental energy-saving techniques. The Maine getaway would be a modern, net-zero home whose architecture reflects the way it is built.
Energy-wise, Roberts points to the “skin” as the project’s innovative aspect. ‘There is a continuous layer of exterior insulation on the outside of the frame that extends from the footings up over the roof, creating an extremely efficient, airtight envelope,’ he says. This helps the 2,500-square-foot home stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer by keeping the energy used to heat and cool it to a minimum. ‘It becomes about moving energy, not making it,’ Roberts explains. ‘An energy-recovery ventilator pulls fresh air into the home and pushes stale air out while transferring the moisture contained in them, too.”