People’s Choice Winner – NetZero, and a True Team Effort!

The annual Marvin Architect’s Challenge calls for architects to submit Marvin Window and Door projects that showcase their best examples of solution-driven design, innovation, classic beauty and sustainability. This prestigious competition has grown to attract amazing submissions from talented architects the world over. For the first time ever, in 2013 Marvin introduced another element of the Challenge – the People’s Choice Showdown. The People’s Choice Showdown is a head-to-head online competition that put all of the 150 Architect’s Challenge submissions up for a public vote to determine “The People’s Choice.”

Nearly 140,000 votes were cast throughout the voting period, and when the votes were tallied, we at Hastings were excited to learn that David Hart of the HL Turner Group in Concord, New Hampshire, was crowned the People’s Choice Showdown winner! Hart’s Rose Cottage Project, located in a rural neighborhood in Concord, is a multi-generational, aging-in-place house that demonstrates how a zero net energy, sustainable residence can be built within a reasonable budget. One of the first net zero homes in northern New England, the house, which incorporates multiple themes of long life-cycle value, occupies a 2+ acre buildable land footprint surrounded by 6+ acres of conservation easement land.

We asked David to share his experience in seeing the Rose Cottage Project through design, construction, and competition.

“Winning the competition was the culmination of the efforts of many people. This project has truly been a team effort from the very beginning concepts, through product selection, into construction and ultimately the competition. Numerous products were selected that we knew would contribute positively to our goal of NetZero, one of which were Marvin windows. We wanted a window known to the industry, which provided top “off the shelf” quality with its above average standards of construction, durable finishes, and triple glazing options. Marvin’s thermal and air leakage performance was very important to achieving a superior building enclosure for a house in Northern New England.”

“We are very proud of the project, because we have for so many years believed in and practiced sustainable design while creating buildings that offer flexibility and multiple solutions. This project is very important to our firm, because it is a true example of the many possibilities in energy efficient design. It is a significant step in our commitment to highly efficient whole building design. Being selected by the voters validates that the NetZero approach is not going away, but rather is becoming an important discussion in residential design.”

In recognition of the People’s Choice designation for his project, David won a trip to the 2013 Reinvention Symposium in San Francisco. For more information on Rose Cottage Project and the Architect’s Challenge, click here. Congratulations David!

David Hart

David Hart
Rose Cottage Project
New Hampshire
Firm: The H. L. Turner Group, Inc.

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