This home from Bensonwood Homes is LEED Platinum certified and showed that achieving net-zero energy is possible in challenging heating climates such as the northern latitude central Maine.
To keep the footprint smaller, this home from Bensonwood Homes was designed with both folding walls and demountable wall systems to allow for quick expansion of the public areas and multiple configurations of the bedroom wing.
This high-performance, off-site-fabricated "living barn" features fine woodworking and salvaged wood from a number of species. An interior service layer separates the wiring from the thermal envelope on the exterior walls, and the ceiling is a system of removable panels that allow access to an 11-in. mechanical space. The home's construction was featured in a 13-part series on "This Old House."