Sited atop a wooded hilltop near Belmont, Massachusetts, across the street from Habitat, an Audubon wildlife sanctuary, is the stunning LEED certified Polaris House designed by Boston-based architect Bob Augustine. Named after the North Star, or Polaris, the house even features a skylight in one of the children’s bedrooms that frames the ever-present twinkling star. The house also boasts a sustainably harvested Western Red Cedar and zinc exterior, solar collectors for water heating that sit on the “white” reflective membrane roof, and photovoltaics to supplement electrical needs for the home. The interior employs everything from bamboo flooring to Energy Star rated appliances to “green” non-toxic paints for a sustainable finish.

+ Bob Augustine

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