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

Moomaw House

Architectural design: Coldham & Hartman  Engineering: Petersen Engineering

Integrated systems design (envelope and energy systems) and energy modeling for a private residence in Williamstown, MA. This superinsulated home is designed as a zero annual net energy building; it should produce on site as much energy (electricity) as it uses in an average year. A 7 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. A ground source heat pump connected to closed loop horizontal piping buried 4-6 feet below grade supplies heat and hot water.

This home is being monitored by the USDOE Building America program. It is being certified under the LEED for Homes program. Occupied 2007.

Reference: Bruce Coldham 413 549-3616