The Team


Andrew, Tracy and their two boys Dash and Joe are recent transplants from Boston to Milton.  As they sought greener pastures (quite literally looking for a yard for the boys), they stumbled their way into going Big Green during a planned renovation.  Adjusting to life outside of the city limits didn't seem hard enough so they've tossed in the added challenge of trying to reduce their energy consumptions to approximately 25% of what they're used to.  Dash loves his Wii and Joe's a cartoon guy.  Can they do it?

Pilot Administrator

National Grid

National Grid (NYSE:NGG) is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. Our core business is the delivery of electricity and natural gas.  We are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing all our customers with the highest standards of service through investment in our networks and through our talented, diverse workforce.

National Grid will provide significant financial incentives in 2010 through 2012 for deep energy retrofit demonstration projects involving super-insulation upgrades and other measures in conjunction with customer planned projects such as re-siding or roofing. The Milton project is the fifth such project in Massachusetts. For more information on incentives, requirements and how to participate in our Deep Energy Retrofit pilot please visit .

Program Administrator

Thousand Home Challenge (ACI)

The recent confluence of political, social, environmental, economic, and technical awareness of global climate change makes a compelling case to re-examine our assumptions regarding the degree to which energy use can be reduced in existing homes and the speed by which this change needs to occur. Transforming the physical and institutional infrastructure to support rather than threaten global, regional, community, and household sustainability is a daunting task. The issue is not whether deep energy reductions are necessary, but how to define and support this vision. The Thousand Home Challenge is designed to catalyze this transformation.

The goal of the Thousand Home Challenge is to demonstrate the potential to reduce total annual site energy consumption of existing North American homes by 70-90%. These reductions will be achieved through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable resources, community-based solutions, and behavioral choices.

Given its exceptional role within the building science and home performance communities, Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) is uniquely positioned to serve as coordinator of a collaborative grass-roots effort to implement order-of-magnitude deep energy reductions’ in existing homes in the US and Canada.

Building Technology Consultant

Building Science Corporation

Building Science Corporation along with its Canadian partner company, Building Science Consulting, Inc., is a building science consulting and full service architecture firm with clients throughout North America. Building Science Corporation specializes in building technology consulting for all types of buildings including commercial, institutional and residential. Our focus is preventing and resolving problems related to building design, construction and operation. We are internationally recognized for our expertise in moisture dynamics, indoor air quality, and building failure forensic investigations. We are also on the leading edge of the design of sustainable buildings and communities. We believe in promoting energy efficiency and environmental responsibility within the constraints of marketable and affordable building technology.


Boston Green Building

With green building techniques gaining momentum, Boston Green Building has become the premier green building contractor in the metro area.  Our focus is on providing clients with an alternative to "conventional" construction techniques. By introducing our clients to the range of options available to them, we tailor an outcome that is more efficient and sustainable within the scope of their project and their budget.

Today's contractors and design professionals now have a powerful set of tools for producing a greener project. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) that lays out basic green standards for new construction, renovation and the maintenance of existing buildings.  This approach fits particularly well in New England, where a large portion of our housing stock consists of older historic homes that are in need of updated systems but must be preserved to protect our national heritage. Here, renovation is frequently favorable to complete demolition and razing of an existing structure. And while this can be challenging, it should also be an inherently greener approach that significantly reduces waste and wasteful energy usage.

Electrician & Lighting Design

Michael A. Castellano Lighting and Design
(617) 293-6288

MAC Lighting and Design has been servicing the Greater Boston Area for 15+ years. Michael and his team prides themselves on an outstanding record of quality service and attention to detail in projects ranging from high-end residential lighting design to large-scale commercial projects. Michael is a licensed electrician with licensing as a NECIT certified electrician. He specializes in residential lighting design and custom tailored home solutions. Some of his most recent projects include Posto in Davis Square and a series of luxury condominiums in the Back Bay.

Solar Panel Engineering

Engineering Advantage, Inc.- Larry Farrer

(617) 288-3969

Spray Foam Insulation

High Performance Insulation- Rich Dooley
(978) 807-4997

High Performance Insulation is an authorized, licensed Dealer of Icynene® and GOLD SEAL 400®. Each product is tailored to accommodate different project sizes and types, yet they all have one attribute in common -- they perform as a continuous insulation and air barrier system. Suitable for almost any building type, with Icynene's products you can create an efficient, draft-free, noise-free, and pollution-free environment… with air that is healthy to breathe Icynene manufactures its products with three objectives in mind – to create Healthier, Quieter, More Energy Efficient® indoor environments. Icynene’s products are suitable for steel- or wood- framed residential or commercial construction No job is too large or too small for us to handle. The scope in these projects includes exterior walls, rim joist or beam pocket locations, cathedral ceilings, and attic spaces to name just a few.

Energy Star Certification and HERS Rating

Sustainable Energy Analytics- Jeff Rhodin
(781) 652-8282

Sustainable Energy Analytics, LLC is dedicated to helping homeowners and their agents (architects, builders, and realtors) plan and execute their move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, such as geothermal and solar, along the most economical path, unbiased by product or technology loyalties.  We build customized energy models of our client’s home allowing us to simulate the performance of the building shell (envelope) and the heating and cooling system, both current and proposed.  The models give us the ability to identify the optimal steps, priorities, costs, and expected benefits. A typical objective of our clients is to fund the proposed improvements from the expected savings, resulting in no out-of-the-pocket expenses.  Instead of paying the company that delivers your fuel, you pay yourself.  The results of our analysis are documented in our Sustainable Energy Roadmap™ so our clients can move along at their own pace. If our clients are too busy or need assistance we provide project oversight and management services to speed implementation.