Northfield Mount Hermon School

Faculty Housing


As the Northfield Mount Hermon School consolidated their school campuses, Bread Loaf was engaged to provide planning, design and construction services for several renovation projects and master planning services for upgrades of Faculty Housing. Upon completion of master planning services, the School then selected Bread Loaf to plan, design and construct six new faculty residences to create a neighborhood in a meadow at the edge of campus within walking distance of classroom and student dorm buildings.

The design of the homes reinforce the connection between the campus and the surrounding farmland.

Features in each home include an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, den, four bedrooms, mudroom, 2.5 bathrooms, and a full basement. Exterior amenities include a large farmer’s porch. The homes were designed to be highly energy efficient with double wall exterior construction and high-efficiency boilers.

Green Building/Sustainable Design

  • 6 Net Zero ready houses
  • Super insulated, super air tight envelope (12” thick walls)
  • Pre-fab, modular construction led to increased envelope tightness, minimized onsite construction activities and reduced material transportation
  • High efficiency air to air heat pump systems, for heating/cooling and domestic hot water
  • Buildings, windows, and overhangs oriented to maximize solar warming in winter and solar shading in summer
  • Energy usage is a fraction of a traditionally constructed home
  • Achieved highest tier of MA State energy rebates