Project Team

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Carter Scott's picture

BE Boston 19 Registrants BE Boston 20 Registrants Company Record Manager

Carter specializes in building energy positive, resilient, agricultural neighborhoods---Agrihoods.

Ratings, Awards and Recognition

NESEA Awards:

NESEA Zero Net Energy Building Award 2013 runner-up

In April of 2009, searching for a way to showcase sustainable housing, the Commonwealth’s MassDevelopment put out a Request For Qualifications for developer/builders to design and build single family and multi-family homes at its Devens, Massachusetts residential community.  The purpose of the project was "to provide a replicable example of current and innovative sustainable building practices that are practical for Massachusetts homes.  In keeping with the Governor's stated goal of moving toward zero net energy development, a goal of the project is to provide a forum for development of zero net energy, or near zero net energy, moderately-priced housing".

Transformations, Inc. was chosen to build the single family project with a total of 8 homes.  In the summer of 2011 we began construction on the first two homes.  The first home was sold by October.  By the following October in 2012 all of the homes were either sold or under agreement.  We had planned on a 3.5 year build out.  The combination of zero energy homes and the great Harvard public schools seemed to be a potent combination.

The final HERS indexes have ranged from HERS 6 to -37.  The first home has just completed 12 months of occupancy.  The building style is a Greek Revival with the gable end facing the street.  This is the home that is submitted for the ZNEB award for this development this year.  This home represents one of over a 100 zero energy attainable homes in the Transformations development and building pipeline---a sure sign of replicability in the Northeast!

The home starts with a double studded frame wall that is 12 inches thick for a R45.6 cavity insulation level.  The attic has 18" of cellulose (R-63), the basement walls have 3 1/2 inches of closed cell foam (R-20), the basement slab and slab edge has 2" of rigid (R-10) and the window are triple pane (R-5).  The super insulated shell allows for a simple Mitsubishi mini split of each of the two floors.  The hot water heater is a 98% efficient Navien unit.  The flat portion of the roof faces towards the South and has a 7.59 kW PV system installed on it.  After accounting for propane use for hot water, the homes net positive energy production for the year was 369 kW. 

The Devens project has been a resounding success on many levels.  These homes met the goals of the MassDevelopment program.  They sponsored two zero energy home workshops to help get the word out to other builders and developers.  Marty Jones, the President and CEO of MassDevelopment, presented a check to the Greek Revival owners for over $500 on December 12, 2012 for the excess energy that they sent into the grid.  The Greek Revival owners were pleased with the aesthetics, comfort and the energy efficiency of their new home.  The Department Of Energy extended the Building America Program for Building Science Corporation to continue our work together.  Transformations was pleased with another model community designed and built to advance energy efficient construction in the Northeast.

Quick Facts


Location Devens, Massachusetts
Building Type single-family residence
Project Type Zero Energy
Basis of Performance Claim Verified
Conditioned Floor Area 3,072 sq ft
Total Cost of Project $188,731

Energy Summary

Energy Data Type Verified
Renewable Energy System Type(s) Photovoltaics
Net electricity usage (purchased) -368 kWh/year
Annual renewable energy generated 5,013 kWh/year

Envelope and Mechanicals

Subslab assembly

2" rigid, R-10

Foundation wall assembly

3.5" closed cell foam, R-20

Above grade wall assembly

12" open cell foam, R-45.6 cavity