This Farmington home produces more energy than it uses on an annual basis. Pretty remarkable, right? This “net zero” performance deserves recognition; that’s why energizeCT created its annual CT Zero Energy Challenge. And that’s why we are especially pleased to have been recognized for the second year in a row as a 2013 Grand Prize Winner!
This bright spotlight shines on the remarkable energy savings we achieve by striking the perfect balance between how much energy the house requires to operate and be healthy and comfortable, and matching it with the “free” energy we can capture from the sun. We employ the intelligence of building science to integrate proven systems and technologies to assure this result.
While we are being awarded for exemplary energy performance, the lucky homeowners are being rewarded with a host of additional qualities well beyond the obvious value of an energy cost of zero. They will be living in a home that is bright and open, consistently comfortable, with healthy and clean fresh air year round. And it is built to endure.
But beyond that, this is a home that fits. Like everything we design, it is aligned with the principles of the “not-so-big-house” which favors quality over quantities of space. It has a simple clean aesthetic that leaves room for select materials and a few special craft features to take the stage. Exterior finishes were chosen for long life and low maintenance. The interior features a nice balance of natural wood. Lower level floors are polished concrete. The whole place looks great!
Consultants Janet Downey - Certified Passive House Builder
Jamie Wolf - Certified Passive House Consultant
Awards 2013 CT Zero Energy Challenge Grand Prize