Education Green

ReArch to Build Net Zero Housing at The Putney School

Rendering courtesy of Maclay Architects and ReArch Company

Putney, VT – ReArch Company announced that construction has begun on The Putney School Faculty and Student Housing project in Putney.

The project includes two 13,600sf identical dormitories totaling approximately 27,000sf of new construction and associated site work. Each of the 2-story buildings will include faculty apartments featuring three bedrooms and 11 student dorm rooms. They will include common space and a small kitchenette area with a full basement to support additional storage.

Consistent with The Putney School’s fundamental beliefs, specifically “to steward and protect the land, to seek ways to live on earth that are healthy for all beings, and to shape our community as a model of sustainable living,” the project team is aiming to achieve Living Building Challenge certification for the two new buildings.

Throughout the preconstruction process, The Putney School, Maclay Architects, Energy Balance, and ReArch have been considering a wide range of strategies to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and overall energy consumption, while enhancing student and faculty indoor environmental quality. The buildings will not use fossil fuels for heating or cooling, and will feature solar water heating, photovoltaic solar panels, and cold climate heat pumps. The building envelope has been carefully designed to maximize R-value while minimizing air infiltration.

The project recently started construction and will be completed in October 2023.