Net Zero Energy House
Sneden’s Landing, New York

This four-bedroom house was designed for a growing young family with a strong environmental ethic. Designed to be carbon neutral, the house employs several strategies to achieve this goal. Most important, the building envelope is super-insulated with high density cellulose, sophisticated rain screen walls and extra deep, high R-value floor slabs and roof assemblies – high performance, triple paned windows and doors are used throughout the house. For heating and cooling, the building uses a geothermal and heat pump system, while the electricity used to power the geothermal pumps is offset with a large array of photovoltaic roof panels sending unused power back to the grid.