I have always loved this Charlotte, VT farmhouse.
I first heard about it this time last year when it won an award at Efficiency Vermont's annual green building conference. Designed by Pill-Maharam architects, it is a stunning example of reinterpreting the vernacular through a modern lens. In addition to its beauty, this house is smart. According to the architects' website...
"By using state of the art design strategies for the ground source heat pump, in conjunction with high efficiency lighting and appliances, the house has been designed to have a net zero energy use and emit zero carbon emissions. It uses electricity generated on site with its 10KW net-metered wind turbine for all heating, hot water, lighting and appliances. The house maximizes energy efficiency by its orientation and simple massing. It is a super insulated passive solar house with an open plan that allows southern daylight to enter all living spaces. In addition to being 5+ star Energy Star rated and Vermont Builds Greener certified, the house has also received the US Green Building Council’s highest LEED rating of platinum, thefirst one in Vermont."
Read and see more in this December 2008 article in Design New England magazine.