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The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive sustainable features. Carefully placed insulated low-e windows maximize natural daylight, passive solar gain in the winter, passive natural ventilation; and frame views of the magnolia and maple trees. The home’s compact shape and extensive insulation further reduce heat loss and gain.

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Geothermal energy-powered radiant flooring is the primary heating source. Since the home is designed to evolve with future needs, Tedesco created infrastructure for a future elevator shaft next to the stairwell as well as an adaptable basement apartment with a separate entrance. The lawn-limited landscape is planted with self-sustaining plants for reduced maintenance and deciduous trees along the east facade to reduce excessive summer passive solar heat gain.

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