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

Edgartown House

Architectural design and construction: South Mountain Company

Integrated systems design (envelope and energy systems) and energy modeling for a private residence in Edgartown, MA. This passive solar superinsulated home was designed to be a zero annual net energy home, generating on site as much energy as it uses in one year. Two 3 ton ground source heat pumps supply energy for space heat, hot water, and a hot tub. Heat delivery is via radiant floors. The heat pumps are coupled to four closed loop vertical piping loops. The home was designed to be powered in by a 10 kW wind turbine but it was not possible to get the wind turbine permitted. Occupied 2004.

John Abrams 508 693-4850