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Out of Thin Air: Refined heat pump technology warms an all-electric house in snowy Massachusetts. @CHArchitects

Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, might think Gareth and Sara Ross’ in-town home bears no relation to the forlorn structure that predated the young parents’ renovation. Untreated vertical pine represents a dramatic change from the multiple materials that had clad the 1890 house, and expansive LVL beams replace the walls that had partitioned the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. Slide Show Photo © Ethan Drinker Photography ----- Advertising ----- To be sure, the homeowners had to remedy a retrograde layout and years of neglect. But their charge also had a lot that was inherently right about it. “Within a few degrees, it is oriented on a straight east-west axis, with the gabled roof perfectly setting us up for solar power,” says Andrew Webster, project manager at Amherst-based architecture firm Coldham&Hartman Architects. “This also provided an eastern face for th...

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