LEED Pilot Home, Ashby

  • view from northwest

LEED Pilot Home

Ashby, MA

This new home on the Massachusetts / New Hampshire border,  sits at the top of a hill looking south over a commanding 180 degree view. The project was accepted into the LEED for Homes Pilot Program administered by Conservation Services Group. Horizon Residential, working in conjunction with Fitchburg Gas and Electric certified the House as an Energy Star Home. The front entry sits in between a three bay garage/barn building with storage loft, and the main three-bedroom home. A four-season greenhouse with separate loft that serves as a breakfast room off of the kitchen, cascades off to the south.

The Owners selected a Tulikivi Masonry Wood Stove that provides 50% of the heat for this 2,800 s.f. home with a 5 zone high efficiency radiant hot water system that also heats the 1300 s.f. ground floor used as a separate home office, shop and mechanical spaces . Completed in 2007, this House received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index of 62. The building is super-insulated with strapped walls that provide a continuous thermal break for an expected energy profile of 33 K BTU’s /SF/YR.