Great Barrington Cottage Company | Using Green Technologies in Home Design

Building Green

By using the most current building and energy technologies in combination, GBCC clients can achieve true sustainability in home design. For example:
  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) replace conventional framing. The forms also serve as interior and exterior insulation, yielding a high "R" value.
  • Geothermal heating systems utilize underground temperaturewhich remains constant year-roundto warm the building in winter and cool it in summer. Photovoltaic Cells can generate enough electricity to operate, among other things, the geothermal system.
  • Masonry Heaters require far less wood and burn cleaner than traditional wood stoves.
  • Salvaged antique building materials and architectural elements are aesthetically pleasing and offer an opportunity for home recycling.