“Bringing an Old Mill into the 21st Century”

Kent Hicks’ home and office have been a labor of love for the past decade. The building was originally a grist mill, then a tool handle manufacturing company. The historic renovation had[...]

“A Sealed Deal: Less Science, More Sustainability Go Into This Forever Home”

We built a net zero home for some very happy clients who wanted a self-sufficient, resilient, low maintenance and durable home. Their home is featured in the most recent Green Builder magazine (pp.[...]

Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future: Energy Retrofits

We’ve worked on old houses in New England for years and have learned that well-built wooden structures can last a very long time – like 100 to 300 years. As stewards of[...]

East Branch Evolution – A New Venture

One of my first jobs in construction was working on a production framing crew. We were building subdivisions—so many homes that looked practically identical (garage on the left or on the right).[...]

Green Giant Awards

Green Giants – 2015 Green Building Local Hero Awards Program Here’s a little history The Green Giants Award Program was created in 2013 as a biennial awards program by our chapter to[...]

Savoy House Featured in NAPHN Publication

Our Savoy house has been featured in a new eBook, Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables, published by the NAPHN, see pages 42-43. Read the article here.  

NESEA Building Energy 16: Building Energy Conference and Trade Show in Boston, March 8-10, 2016

Kent will be a speaker at the NESEA Conference this year with Jesse Selman and Chris Briley. Their workshop is titled “When You Come To A Fork, Take It. Residential Choices and[...]

Passive House in NYC by Alison Gregor

Sunday’s New York Times featured a great article on Passive House retrofits and new construction in New York City. Now, with a few dozen homes and small projects built or retrofitted to[...]

Savoy House Photos


Adaptive Use of Old Buildings

Our circa 1850’s office building in West Chesterfield was originally a grist mill and later a saw handle factory. We are in the midst of a Deep Energy Retrofit, expanding our workspace[...]