Tyler Malik and her husband, Richard, decided they wanted their new home to be “really green,” for practical as well as philosophical reasons.
“Our two main concerns were energy efficiency, because we wanted to escape the utility companies as much as possible, and eliminating toxic materials from the home, because my son and I are really sensitive to chemicals. We also wanted to reduce the damage we cause to the environment,” Tyler said. “We think we achieved all of those goals.”
Indeed, the new home they moved into August 2012 is about as environmentally friendly as possible in New England. It has earned an Energy Star award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a high rating on an efficiency index known as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). The house was designed by West Stockbridge architect John Fülöp and built by Derek Heartquist from Stuyvesant, New York.
The Maliks built their 2419 square-foot house in an open field southwest of downtown Great Barrington—with a spectacular view of East Mountain. The view dictated lots of east-facing windows, but windows tend to be among the biggest energy losers in any house. The Maliks turned to a super-efficient window system, installed by Morrison’s Home Improvement in Pittsfield, that allows in heat and repels cold in the winter; roof overhangs help keep out the sun in the summer.… Read the rest