European-Inspired Mountain Chalet
The owners of this house had traveled in Southern France and Switzerland and were captivated by the appearance of European chalets. A significant contributor to the look of this chalet is the use of native hemlock beams. Sisler Builders took special care to purchase and sequence their installation in order to facilitate proper drying of the wood. The main living space has west-facing floor-to-ceiling glass, with spectacular views of Stowe’s ski slopes. It is heated with geothermal wells partially powered by solar panels and a wood stove attached to duct work that is part of the air conditioning system, allowing heat to be distributed throughout the house. The structure tested as .82 ACH50, which means it has a nearly Passive House air exchange level. The owners are ecstatic about the inexpensive heating costs and comfort they feel year round in this attractive energy efficient home.