Camden Meeting House and Zero Energy Social Hall


  New Construction of an annex structure and the renovation of a historic meeting house


  Camden, DE

Project Completed:

  Completed in the Spring of 2009


  • Designed to LEED Platinum Standards (Pending Certification)
  • Uses 50% less energy than a comparable building
  • Closed-loop geothermal heating/cooling
  • 12kW photovoltaic array
  • Passive solar design
  • Superior daylighting
  • High-efficiency exterior walls with soy-based foam insulation
  • Rainscreen made from salvaged cedar
  • High-efficiency structural insulated panel roof
  • FSC-Certified millwork, salvaged wood flooring & eastern cedar siding
  • Tankless water heater
  • Dual-flush toilets
  • 2000 gallon cistern for collection of rain water used to flush toilets and urinals, as well as water the garden
  • 100% of storm water not used by the cistern is infiltrated on-site through vegetated swales
  • Outdoor meeting space/meditation garden



This project illustrates the intersection of green building and historic restoration. The project includes the historic restoration of an 1805 Meeting House and new construction of a multi-purpose conference/social center. Additional spaces within the new annex include administrative, archival, and community outreach programs.
Prior to design, Re:Vision Architecture’s due diligence included an energy audit, structural analysis, and archaeological investigation of the existing site and historic Meeting House building.
Special features of the addition include an outdoor worship space and a glass core through which visitors can see the historic Meeting House upon approaching the building from the parking lot in the rear.

The project was awarded the Zero-Net Energy Award by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in 2011.
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