Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm, Peterborough, NH


The Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm, a planned community for twenty-nine families, is on four acres of a 114 acre parcel of land that includes woods, river frontage, and a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) organic farm.   The houses, all with front porches, are clustered around shared entry spaces that encourage social interaction; each unit is also orientated outwards to cultivated or natural landscapes that provide views and insure outdoor privacy.  A village green at the center of the neighborhood is highlighted by a Common House that offers optional communal dining, informal gathering, studio space, and childcare.  A village-like density, reminiscent of older European settlements, was achieved by strategically placing cars in garages located at the periphery, rather than within, the neighborhood.

Conceived to establish a new standard for environmental sustainability, one of our housing prototypes received LEED platinum certification in 2008.  High-quality building envelopes throughout, enable a central wood pellet heat plant to efficiently serve the community. Natural cedar porch columns reinforce the intent that this community be low-impact and informal.

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Client: Nubanusit River Partners, Peterborough, NH

Civil/Structural Engineer: SFC Partnership, Manchester, NH

Landscape Architect: Brown Sardina Strata Design,Boston, MA

Electrical Engineer: Downing Engineering P.A., Harrisville,NH

Mechanical Engineer: Petersen Engineering, Portsmouth, NH

Contractor: Bruss Construction, Newbury, NH

Design Team: S. Pennoyer, D. O’Neil, Dan Eldredge


This project was recognized in January 2010 with the NH Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Merit Award for
Excellence in Architecture.
It also received the LEED Platinum Recognition Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2011.

“A Model For The Future With An Eye To The Past,”  Boston Globe, November 2009

Nubanusit Sustainable Community, NH Public TV