Net Zero, Jamestown, R.I.

The one-and-a-half story house is designed and built for a family of five accustomed to living aboard a boat and attentive to the creditable principles of sustainability and net-zero, self-sufficient energy management. The owners wanted to incorporate smart-home technology in a passive/active solar house capable of generating its own power needs. All systems are electric—heat pumps, AC, hot water, clothes dryer, lighting, cooking—and all run off batteries supplemented by photovoltaic panels installed on the roof. The house is super insulated with double-thick exterior walls and triple-glazed windows. Main volume is 2,350 square feet with living, dining, kitchen, and four bedrooms simply and practically apportioned. As unique in appearance as it is in character, the exterior siding is yellow cedar offset by cementitious-panel cladding. This is a concept house through and through, made genuinely livable by the imagination and visualization of the client combined with the open-book approach of the design.