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High Performance Home – Ashland

About this Project

Some of the challenges with this project were the steep slope of the site and a fractured ledge in the front of the foundation. At the root of our design the industry, energy efficient homes were not widespread nor implemented in residential construction.  Our core knowledge of high performance homes was brought from Europe and backed by adequate research available at the time.

Our Solution:

Due to the size of the project our intent was to introduce features to lower energy costs, improve comfort and add other benefits that would bring the house ahead of time for energy conservation. The exterior framing was completed with 2×6 studs creating R19 with insulation, we then added Rigid Foam Sheathing and Synthetic Stucco to increase R value to R29. The location allowed us to incorporate partial passive techniques to increase thermal mass and attain higher level of energy efficiency.  To further optimize performance we selected 

High-Grade Pella Windows on the south side of the house and accurately placed skylights to preserve heat loss in the winter.  Additional features were Radiant Heat, Unico High Velocity HVAC with an HRV system, High Efficiency Gas Boiler, Central Vacuum, all Energy Efficient Appliances and Fixtures. 

Overall we exceeded the Building Code with this design and our construction decisions.



Project name: New Construction Single Family Home

Location: Ashland, Massachusetts

Total Size: 5,400 SF    

Start Date: 03/20/2003

End Date: 06/30/2005   

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