14 Year Old New Yorker’s Science Project: His New Net Zero Home

When Jeremy Durbin’s house in Southampton, New York, burned to the ground, he was devastated–along with his parents and his two siblings. But this tragic story has a green, happy ending: the Hamptons Green Alliance and architect Richard Stott of Flynn Stott Architects, worked together to turn his family home into one of the first provable models of a net-zero home.

Some of the features this new home, expected to reach Platinum LEED certification, include a super insulated building envelope, geothermal heating and cooling, evacuated tube solar thermal hot water, thin film photovoltaic solar power, and rain water harvesting–all elements that Jeremy Durbin will be presenting publicly at his house this week as part of his high school science project, detailing the renovation process. The Hamptons Green Alliance’s Roy and Tim Dalene as well as the architect associated with the project will also be available  to answer technical questions about the renovation process.


image via the Hamptons Green Alliance

So will Jeremy Durbin win the big prize for his science project? Or will he be denied, due to the amount of adult help and expertise involved? (Not to mention turning his science project into a publicity stunt?) Either way, it seems that this kid is bound to win something pretty big at school: bragging rights to one of the greenest houses in the world.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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