Turner Group's Zero-Net-Energy Project by David Hart, AIA Wins the 2013 Marvin Architect's Challenge Showdown

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The ROSE Cottage Project, a zero net energy home designed by architect David B. Hart, AIA, wins the 2013 Marvin Architect's Challenge Showdown after 5 rounds of voting and 150,000 votes cast.

A Zero Net Energy home, designed by Architect David B. Hart, AIA of The H L Turner Group Inc of Concord, NH, has won the 2013 Marvin Architect’s Challenge Showdown. After 5 rounds of voting and nearly 150,000 votes cast, Dave Hart was declared the winner and will be traveling to the 2013 Reinvention Symposium in San Francisco in October, courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors. The Turner Group is a full service architectural and engineering design firm with a national reputation in sustainable design and healthy buildings.

Turner Group President, Harold Turner, was pleased to see their project win: “It was fantastic to see a zero net energy residential project win the Marvin Showdown. I think it demonstrates that consumers are enthusiastic about new green homes that can be built to both minimize annual operating costs and look great at the same time. Most people don’t know that the technologies are already available to us now to make the zero net balance happen at an affordable price.”

William A. Turner, PE, Sr. Vice President, went on to add: “If you look carefully at the new home construction industry, you will see many builders across the country who are already offering standardized models that are designed and built to be a zero net energy or near zero net energy home. The beauty of some of these designs is that not all of the technology has to be incorporated day one, so homeowners can add to what they buy initially as they can afford it. If you are located within a region with only oil, propane or expensive electricity as your fuel options, investing in these new types of “zero net” homes is a really smart choice. Additionally, deep energy retrofit projects are occurring all across the country.”

Known as the ROSE Cottage Project, the winning project is located in a rural neighborhood in the capital City of Concord, NH. In addition to being a zero net energy home (ZNE), this green project features multi-generational use and aging-in-place features as part of a sustainable design that incorporates long life cycle values.

More commonly referred to as a "Whole Building Design" approach in the design community, the ROSE Construction Method(RCM) is a targeted extension of whole building design principles with the added goal of building projects that produce as much energy as they consume.

Starting with a very tight, well insulated building shell that is constructed with high quality materials that require little or no maintenance, the RCM approach adds readily available solar and geothermal technologies to drive the energy balance to a zero net or near zero net outcome, all based upon the owner’s goals and budget. Systems supplied by Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation of Londonderry, NH and Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc of Arundel, ME were key components in the ROSE Cottage Project.

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