Project posted by ZeroEnergy Design

Orleans Modern Green Home

House (Single Residence)


Square Feet
Full Baths


From ZeroEnergy Design

ZED designed this LEED Gold certified residence to replace the original building and remained true to the family traditions that have developed since the land was purchased in 1958.

Back then, as a botanist and a world class statistician, the client's parents each followed the academic calendar enabling them to spend summers on Cape Cod. Being conservation oriented, they planned to tread lightly on the property – imagining self sufficiency and living with the land in the simple, modern structure they would eventually commission. Over time, that original house became a central hub, the place to connect with international family members, and the most consistent place they all considered home. The entire family loved art; between pieces collected from their world-wide travels and those developed by the amateur painters in the family, art was always an integral part of the house.

REVISIONED. The new home offers year round living and continues the legacy of a modern artistic home, treading lightly and focusing on the outdoor environment. New features include the clean, green feeling throughout the house, healthy indoor air quality, very comfortable and stable temperatures from the radiant floors, and exceptional energy performance with renewable energy systems. And, the artist family members immediately felt that the new home's bright red, orange, and cedar colors really 'made the house'.

OUTDOOR ACCESS. On the ground level, an open porch provides indoor/outdoor living with safe, step-down decking as stairs, which can also be used as seating for larger family events. A roof deck on the second level of the house offers the wonderful feeling of living in the trees, with a glass rail to open the view and an outdoor kitchen for entertaining. Abutting the roof deck is a lush, living green roof built to fill the view with green vegetation at eye level while seated, and reduce roof run-off from storm water. The second level rooftop reveals 2.5 kilowatts of solar electric panels which provides ~30% of the home's electricity.

LIVING SPACES. The master bedroom features views of the lake through the trees, an open style walk-in closet, and a full bathroom with a double length sink and a deep soaking tub. Awning and casement windows on opposite sides of the bed, two at floor level and one near the ceiling, encourage passive ventilation with cool air on hot summer nights.

A wide open living space functions as the 'heart' of the home, with areas for relaxing, dining, and cooking. Recessed cabinets float off the floor and hide a vast pantry within the wall. Open shelves inspired by the client's admiration for Julia Childs offer quick access to dishware. The generous counter space provides ample working area for food prep, stool seating for everyday use, and. a built–in wine rack to cradle each vintage.

CONSTRUCTION. The construction of the home features specialized hurricane-resistant structural reinforcement and windows for coastal storm conditions, spray foam insulation in the wall cavities, rigid foam to eliminate thermal bridging, and a mix of fiber cement and cedar siding on the exterior for long term durability and low maintenance. Flooring finishes consist of rapidly renewable bamboo in the living areas, travertine tile at the entries, and recycled glass tile in the bathrooms, and FSC certified Garapa decking on the porch & roofdeck.

The project is ENERGY STAR Certified, and has also been certified with the USGBC LEED for Homes program as LEED Gold.