Marc, today's charrette was terrific. Thank you for your truly generous collaboration. You've caused me to turn a mental corner. Until recently, I thought that that to do really intelligent buildings, we'd need the right clients, the right engineers, and a premium budget. Thanks to you, I now believe that to do intelligent buildings all we need is INTELLIGENCE!—and the guts to ask the simple questions until we get the answers, and the courage of our convictions to persuade others...

We can do this and it will change things. You've empowered us. Thanks. –Ellen

Chilmark House

Architectural design and construction: South Mountain Company

Integrated systems design (envelope and energy systems) and energy modeling for a private residence in Chilmark, MA. This passive solar superinsulated home is designed to be left unattended without back-up heat. No central heating distribution system is installed. The 3,800 sf home is designed to be heated by two pellet stoves and has some electric resistance radiant panels as back-up heat. A 6 kW solar electric system is grid-intertied, sending surplus energy to the grid on sunny days, and retrieving energy as needed at night and during cloudy periods.
Occupied 2007.

John Abrams 508 693-4850