Solar Today – March 2013: Energy-Positive Homes in Devens, Mass
by R. Carter Scott
Super-efficient construction and declining PV prices mean renewable energy to spare at this community of affordable houses.
My Massachusetts-based company, Transformations Inc., had already built several double-studded homes with Home Energy Rating System (HERS) indexes as low as -4 when Mass Development — the state’s finance and development authority — was looking to showcase sustainable housing in 2009. It issued a request for qualifications for developer/builders to design and build moderately priced single- and multifamily homes at its Devens, Mass., residential community. The goal: to provide an example of sustainably built zero- or near-zero-net-energy housing that was practical and replicable in the state…