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Harvard Magazine: Harvard “HouseZero”

Drawing of HouseZero exterior.

Harvard Magazine published a piece featuring the CGBC’s HouseZero project, a retrofitted building that aims to produce more energy than it consumes. As noted by the article, the project hopes to achieve multiple sustainability goals—including entirely natural lighting, ventilation, and zero emissions—and could provide a repeatable checklist for similar retrofits of small-scale, residential buildings throughout the United States. Professor Malkawi explains that the project aims to break new ground in sustainable construction: “people have done a building that is 100 percent [naturally] ventilated, or a building that is 100 percent naturally lit, or close to zero [energy consumption], or zero carbon,” he says. “To our knowledge, no one has reached all these goals at once in a retrofit.”  Read the article here.