Location: Sandisfield, MA
This open-plan home is an example of how beautiful and comfortable an energy-efficient home can be. The high-performance building envelope is heated and cooled with heat pumps, with additional heating provided through solar hot water panels and radiant floor and baseboard heating. Fresh air is supplied efficiently through an energy recovery ventilator (HRV). A Tulikivi soapstone stove is the centerpiece of the open floor plan. Energy Star appliances, including a condensing dryer, keep the energy usage down.