High Performance Usonian

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The building is the third and final structure completing a small residential compound in Western Massachusetts. The first two buildings are reproductions of a nineteenth century carriage house and small barn, which were always intended to serve as guest house and service buildings to the Main House.

The Main House is a 1600 square foot, single-story, two-bedroom private residence. Designed and constructed with the goal of creating – in geometry, aesthetics, and program – a building that embodied both the architecture and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian period. The design challenge: to work within this formal language to create a high-performance home. The EUI (Energy Use Intensity) for the building totals 26.43 KBtu/SF/yr.

The owners are a couple with significant design and construction experience, having completed all of the work on the first two buildings themselves (excepting plastering and HVAC). Both are diligent and skilled craftspeople, versed in the trades and architectural history. Additionally, one of the owners has a Masters of Architecture and a Ph.D. in Building Physics.

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Carl and Jackie Fiocchi

Jesse Selman

Carl and Jackie Fiocchi

Ethan Drinker and Carl Fiocchi