Eames Ave. DER
A Deep Energy Retrofit in the heart of town
Amherst, MA: A whole house retrofit for clients who wanted to live right in the middle of it all.
A perfect deep energy retrofit candidate: a great location (one of Amherst's last dirt roads), lovely lot, modest footprint, and enough deferred maintenance that it was time for some real fixes.
We're putting a new skin around this 1900's kit house - superinsulated airtight assemblies, new windows, high efficiency heating, cooling, and ventilation, plus a master suite and home office addition.
We've insulated and dryed out the basement (a must with Amherst's high water table) and added a comfortable front porch. A couple of triple-glazed skylights bring light to the stair and an upstairs bathroom, and the rebuilt garage hosts a new workspace above.
Spring 2020 - mid-pandemic - we await the arrival of the shou sugi ban siding and the installation of the permaculture-inspired, pollinator-friendly, Conservation Commission-approved landscaping.