Project Spotlight: Update on our Netzero Home Project

We are excited to update you on the progress of the Netzero Energy Home development being built by M.G. Kane Properties and designed by GMT Home Designs. This development at “The Preserve at Oregon” in Ashland MA are cutting edge homes designed in the New England farm-house style.

What is Net Zero?

A “Net Zero Energy Attainable” house is designed to produce as much electricity as it uses. Each house comes with a solar PV system (photo-voltaic panels) designed to cover the energy needs of the home. The homes are all electric, super insulated, air tight and are equipped with an Energy Recovery Ventilation system supplying fresh air. Lighting is LED or CFL. With a reasonable lifestyle, your family can live comfortably with little if any energy cost. These homes are Energy Star certified by an independent third party rater. 

Advantages of a Net Zero Energy Home

  • 30% Federal tax Credit – approx. $11,000 to buyer.
  • State tax credit - $1,000 to buyer.
  • •Zero or near zero electric bills.
  • Protection from future energy price increases.
  • Comfortable year round living.
  • 25 year warranty on solar panels.
  • Higher resale value due to reduced or no energy costs.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.

Insulation Standards

  • Under slab R14
  • Below grade (basement) walls R20
  • Above grade walls R44
  • Flat ceilings R70
  • Windows G-R5 triple glazed


Renderings of the Proposed Interior Space

Below are dollhouse view renderings of the first and second floor living space. The renderings help provide a sense of the flow and organization of space as well as the abundant natural light in the interior spaces.

dollhouse rendering net zero housing development

dollhouse rendering second floor sustainable home


Beautiful Finishes and Superior Energy Efficiency

The interior details including the double crown moldings on the G-R5 triple glazed windows .


Unique Features at “The Preserve at Oregon”

Floors are the key element when it comes to architectural freedom and design: their load bearing capacity has a direct influence on the need for partition walls and other structural elements of a building. Hollowcore slabs are pre-stressed floor elements with voids. The excellent load-bearing capacity and structural efficiency allows you to build large areas with fewer partition walls. Ultimately, this means greater freedom in design and architecture during and after construction as well as savings in material costs.

In our designs for the Preserve at Oregon precast concrete planks are being used in the garage. This allows us to have a clear space underneath the main garage for another garage.

hollow core floors


Nearly Complete NetZero Home Development

The proposed rendering, in progress and nearly complete front of the home give you a sense of the process.

This is the original design rendering of the home by GMT.

netzero architectural rendering


Prior to the siding being applied Enviro Dri is applied to structure which has several benefits and advantages:

  • Protects sheathing from liquid moisture
  • Permeable membrane allows for moisture vapor to pass to the outside to ensure drying the sheathing for a better building envelope.
  • Reduces air infiltration through the exterior walls, providing a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.
  • Enviro Dri  is a permanently adhered membrane applied directly to the sheathing system to prevent blow-offs in high winds


Near finished home with solar panels designed to blend with roof. 

Netzero and energy efficient homes are at the forefront of home building. We are excited and proud to be working with M. G. Kane Properties to make this a reality in Ashland Massachusetts. 

Thinking about an energy efficient or netzero home? Call us at 508-881-7992 or visit us online at