Completion date


Owner occupied

Days per year Building is fully occupied:


Totally new construction. The heated area is approximately 2200 SF.

Type of Construction New
Number of buildings 1
Floor area of each building 2,694
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2.0
Stories 3
Conditioned Building Volume 22,924 cu ft
Conditioned Floor Area 2,200 sq ft
Unconditioned Floor Area 640 sq ft

Location and Climate Details

Single family residence

10 Crosier Lane, off of Stetson Bros Rd
Colrain, MA 01340
United States
Location Type Rural
Climate Region Zone 5
Köppen Climate Type Dfb
Lat. / Long. POINT (-72.6967587 42.6731396)
Elevation 900 ft
Solar Insolation 4 kWh/m2/day
Annual CDD and Base Temp NA | NA
Annual HDD and Base Temp 7214 days | 65 deg F


Site conditions:
agricultural land
Site description:

The site is a southerly sloping field in a planned unit development on an abandoned apple orchard.

Materials and Design Strategy


This house is a wood frame structure incorporating Zip sheathing and Advantech building products. Modern framing techniques were used. The house is clad with Hardie siding. The roofing is Fabral steel roofing. The flooring is bamboo throughout with linoleum used in the kitchen and bath. The interior trim is all local knotty pine. All lighting fixtures and some cabinetry were purchased from the Restore and the Eco Building Store in Springfield.

Special architectural measures:

This house is highly insulated and tightly built. It is design to take advantage of the solar heat gain with southern glass equal to about 8% of the floor area. The windows are triple glazed local PVC framed windows with a relatively good SHGC. The house has a 2' roof over hang on the Southern side to shade the windows from the high summer sun. The basement is open to the rest of the house and is mostly below grade. The root cellar is thermally separate from the basement by an R 10 slab break and R 42 wall insulation.

LCA Description:

Only long lasting products like the metal roofing and Hardie siding were used in this house.

Indoor Environment Description:
Ventilation is provided by the FanTech Flex 100 HRV. The flooring was pre-finished. Wood trim is coated with Vermont Natural Coatings Poly Whey low VOC finishes. This product is made by using a recycled cheese byproduct. All other paints are low VOC latex paints. The interior incorporates many reused items such as cabinets and a church pew.