The Anderson-Ménard Cottage is a passive house design that has obtained a LEED Gold certification. It was built with modern materials and a lot of craftsmanship.
Much of the heating and cooling is done by passive means: the orientation of the house, the use of triple glazed windows, and the addition of wooden shades on the outside. The building, however, has a solar panel heating system and also a backup generator. There is also some propane gas. Heating is also partially taken care of by a wood fire place. It has a tin roof with ice guards.
The building’s construction uses a lot of wood which is all certified. Bala Structures also built the entire kitchen cabinetry, custom bathroom vanity, barn wood door and solid maple stairs. All finishing products used such as floor and cabinet finishes are low VOC.