While I don’t have updates on 2009 Solar Decathlon participants, leaders from Cornell's 2005 Solar Decathlon team (they took second place) have since gone on to launch the Boston-based green architecture and HVAC design firm, ZeroEnergy Design (ZED). Recently, ZED completed work on a dreamy EnergyStar and LEED Gold certified home, The English Residence, in the Cape Cod town of Orleans.
Working with sustainable construction company Cape Associates, ZED’s task was to create a modern, year-round home that would replace an old but much-loved family summer rental on the property. While designing the 2,000 square-foot, three-bedroom structure, ZED was loyal to the client’s desire to tread lightly on the planet while also creating a space that would serve as a familial hub and a showcase for an extensive art collection amassed over the years.
To keep true to the client’s vision, the floor plan is generously open and a warm, artistic aesthetic has been worked into the home’s design making this state-of-the-art abode anything but uninviting. Artist family members think that the use of bold orange, red, and cedar colors truly “made the house.” And since this is Cape Cod, there is abundant outdoor space including an open porch and a rooftop deck that abuts a lush, green roof.
Quite a stunner; with a thoughtfully designed “replacement” home like this, I’m guessing that any collective trauma over the loss of the older structure is sucked up and quickly forgotten. Check out ZED’s website for more specifics on the English Residence and be sure to take a look at the entire portfolio of these of Solar Decathlon alumni.