Geothermal Heating & Cooling
Designed for the challenging needs of a modern family, this home has a functional layout with many appealing features. A spacious kitchen opens to a dining area, and a two sided fireplace partially separates the dining area from the sunken living room. Each space is defined yet also expansive and connected. A small office is located near the kitchen, and the library with private bath doubles as a first floor guest suite. Window seats and alcoves along with sloped ceilings in the bedrooms and third floor garret add charm and warmth. The distinctive roof lines and details help reduce the scale of the home, which utilizes all of the nearly 4,000 square feet of space on four levels, conditioned throughout by an energy efficient geothermal heating/cooling system... a home of lasting character.
Efficient Geothermal Heating/Cooling System. A Home Of Lasting Character This unique project involves the renovation of a locally historic building for the use as an affordable senior living community. Dwelling units are designed with attention to historic detail, river views, and changing physical needs unique to senior tenants.
Given the proximity to the Ipswich River, the project's design incorporated preservation of the existing materials, recycling of demolished materials. Energy savings building construction and appliances and the installation of new Environmentally reasonable materials.
the top of the building has a fully planted 3,000 SF green roof which provides a thermal efficient, long lasting roof system for the building while reducing storm water Runoff and improving water quality for the river below.
This new energy efficient home was sited and designed to optimize collection of solar energy with both passive & active systems. Selecting energy saving appliances & lighting was also among the green design elements and the house incorporates recycled materials from owner’s previous home.
Six solar hydronic panels produce nearly all of the house holds domestic hot water and contribute to a significant amount of the radiant floor heating demand. Photovoltaic panels mounted close to the roof ridge produce nearly 40% of the electricity needs of the family