Net Zero Renovation

The project: Create a durable energy-efficient family home for an active family of four, with an eye on conservation.

What began as a renovation became a Deep Energy Retrofit (C&H’s first) and ended up as a Zero Energy Home, thanks to careful decision-making by Owners with a 50-year vision.

A super-insulated airtight enclosure contains a crisp modern interior with clean, honest finishes – wood, stone, and metal. Exposed beams of engineered lumber speak to the original floor plan of this 1880s home and hint at its high-tech heart. High performance walls, roof, and basement are matched by high efficiency mechanical systems to keep the home comfortable.

A multi-split air source heat pump and Heat Recovery Ventilator provide steady interior temperatures, no matter the conditions outdoors. The 12kW photovoltaic system provides power to spare for this all-electric home. Shopping for and living with solar spawned a business for the owners, furnishing loans to other residential solar clients.

Project Team


C&H Architects

Construction Manager

FCM SmartBuild

General Contractor

Energy Consultant

Mechanical Engineer

Structural Engineer

Ryan Hellwig, P.E.

Solar Design


Ethan Drinker Photography