Stonlea: The First Net-Zero Mansion in New England
Stonlea Ln, Dublin, NH 03444
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A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy building, net-zero energy building, or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Stonlea, a gorgeous New Hampshire gilded age home, is now New England’s first Net Zero Home. With 7 fireplaces, 12 bedrooms, and 6 baths – this renovation is impressive.
Completed in 1891 as a tobacco grower plantation, the home overlooks Dublin Lake. With a solar panel field and geothermal vents, the $2.3 million dollar renovation was no easy feat. Polly Guth, the home’s 87 year old owner has also written a book about the project:
From the book (Available on Amazon):
“Stonlea: A Timeworn Gilded Age Survivor Transformed documents the painstaking steps involved in the preservation and renovation of this building, and describes the renovators’ techniques. It specifically addresses the renovation of the fabric of the building—the various energy conserving strategies and the mechanical systems—as well as the whys and wherefores of the design, and is intended to serve as a model and inspiration for similar undertakings, regardless of size.”
You can have opulence without waste or impact on the environment.
Photo credit: inhabitat, Holly Alderman, Trent Bell