The Glen House Receives Accolades—and Rebates—For its Energy Efficient Designs

The Glen House Receives Accolades—and Rebates—For its Energy Efficient Designs

Pinkham Notch, NH — A History of the White Mountains, and Mount Washington in particular, would be incomplete without an inclusion of the iconic Glen House, and the series of hotels that have shared its name and location. First opened in 1852 by Col. Joseph Thompson, the original Glen House was a remodeled farm house, expanded several times over the years, and ultimately destroyed by fire in 1884. Col. Thompson has the distinction of being the first person to drive a horse-drawn vehicle to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861, several weeks before the official opening of the Mt. Washington Carriage Road.

The following three Glen Houses, the second being the grandest of the lot, would also meet the same fate, with the fourth hotel being destroyed by fire in 1967. While each of these historic buildings shared the same name, and demise, they were all very unique structures, each capturing the spirit of its time period. Now, more than 50 years after the fourth hotel was reduced to ashes, the latest Glen House has risen in its place, and it too has set a benchmark for construction in the 21st century.

Positioned on a knoll overlooking the pristine Peabody River, the hotel boasts amazing views of the Presidential Range and the Great Gulf Wilderness. It shares its surroundings with its sister companies, the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, both of which have made landmark strides in conservation over the previous decades. These family-owned businesses have taken on the role as stewards of these beautiful natural areas in the heart of the White Mountains, and the new Glen House has taken that environmental consciousness to the next level.

The Glen House is close to energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral, thanks to a geothermal system that provides heating and cooling as well as two offsite energy-generating projects harnessing hydro and solar power. The eco-friendly hotel was designed and built by New Hampshire firms, including BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, interior designers Stibler Associates LLC of Manchester and contractors Martini Northern of Portsmouth. From the outset, the project was overseen by Howie Wemyss, general manager of the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails, who made sure that the company’s vision of a modern-day Glen House would be one that was both good for business and the environment. Integral to the construction process was Eversource Energy, which gave direction to the project in regards to its energy efficiency, as well as monetary incentives for those aspects of its construction.

“We’re extremely grateful that Eversource has a rebate program that made it easier and more affordable to do the right thing and install more efficient systems in our new hotel,” said Wemyss. “From variable frequency drives to tiny LED decorative lights, the program helped us achieve our goal of constructing a building that would be sustainable, better for the environment and reduce operating costs in the long run. And, we had a great local representative to work with, Randy Perkins, who was able to guide us through the process.”

A long list of energy efficiency measures have been integrated into the the hotel, with some of the highlights including variable frequency drives for the geothermal circulation pumps and the domestic water wells, high efficiency condensing boilers, indirect hot water heaters, kitchen hood controls, occupancy based control setbacks, energy regenerating elevators and a pool dehumidification unit which recovers energy for pool water heating.

All said, the hotel will see more than $20,000 in annual energy savings because of these measures and received a $100,000 incentive from Eversource Energy for those investments.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Howie and his team during the construction process,” states Randy Perkins, Senior Strategic Account Executive for Eversource. “It was obvious at the beginning of this project that the hotel would be as energy efficient as technically possible and I think they hit it out of the park. Congratulations on a beautiful hotel at the Mt. Washington Auto Road.”