News : A New Net-Zero Community

Nov 6, 2012

From Green Building Advisor

Two southern Maine builders have teamed up with Kaplan Thompson Architects on a subdivision that will include as many as 26 houses built to net-zero standards.

The first of the houses in a Wells, Maine, subdivision called Brackett Estates, is a 1750-sq. ft., three-bedroom model called the Appledore, which was completed in mid-June. The two-story, all-electric house includes double-stud walls insulated to R-40, triple-glazed windows, and a roof insulated to R-60 with dense-pack cellulose. It's on the market for $429,000, or just under $250 a sq. ft.

Among its other energy features:
•Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits for heating and cooling.
•A heat pump water heater for domestic hot water.
•Passive whole-house ventilation with wall-mounted air inlets and timed bathroom fans.
•A 4.3 kilowatt, grid-tied photovoltaic array mounted on the roof.

The subdivision is the work of Futuro, a partnership of builders Jesse Ware and Craig Briggs, and Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, Maine.

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