Beaton Passive House

State representative Matt Beaton wanted something special for his new home, so he first went to architect Mark Yanowitz of Verdeco Designs, LLC. After evaluating the various construction and "clean energy" options such as geothermal and solar thermal, Yanowitz suggested the Passive House approach for the ultimate in energy efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality.

Richard Brown of Certified Energy Ratings, Inc was chosen as the LEED certification consultant, and Paul Panish of the DEAP Energy Group was selected as the Certified Passive House Consultant for this project, forming the core project team.

Matt Beaton's company Beaton Construction, LLC was the prime contractor for this remarkable home.


On July 13th, 2011, following a rigorous process of design review and building performance measurement verification, the Beaton Passive House was certified by PHIUS, the Passive House Institute in the US as the first Passive House in Massachusetts.

The Beaton Passive House Certificates are available here.

A press release describing this remarkable achievement is available here.

An article on the Beaton Passive House in Green Building Advisor is available here.

A second article on the Beaton Passive House in Green Building Advisor is available here.


A poster which was presented at the 2010 North American Passive House Conference in Portland, Oregon is available here.

An article on the Beaton Passive House from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette is available here
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An overview of the Falmouth House, the second Passive House Certified by PHIUS in Massachusetts, is available here.

An article in Shrewsbury Wicked Local is available here.

The list of PHIUS Certified PH in the United States is available here.
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The Passive House Standard is the most rigorous building energy standard in the world. Consultants, projects or building components that have obtained the right to carry the logo have committed themselves to design excellence and the Passive House energy performance criteria.