Guyot Net Zero

Princeton, NJ

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Our clients set out with a vision to build a small, Net Zero home in a walkable university town.

Through a collaboration with Hopkins Klegg Architects we took that vision and created our highest performing home to date. The strategy was simple: lower the energy demand by taking advantage of the near perfect Southern orientation to optimize passive solar gain, wrap the entire house in continuous exterior insulation, fill the walls and roof with dense pack cellulose, use good quality domestically made casement windows, and pay close attention to air sealing. By investing in the building shell, we could meet the heating and cooling load with a small, inexpensive, and highly efficient air source heat pump. A small solar array provides the power. All this in a light filled and inviting design that engages passers by on this active corner lot behind the Princeton Middle School.