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Green Gems
More often, builders in Connecticut are
being recognized for the sustainable
practices and high-performance features
they employ in home construction.

It's rare to find a builder or homeowner that is not concerned with cost - regardless of project size or price - and
a key way many in Connecticut are keeping costs in line is to
focus on sustainable practices and features.
This year, two Connecticut projects were honored during
the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 2016 Housing
Innovation Awards for their creation of zero-energy ready
homes (ZERH). Each ZERH is verified by a qualified third
party and is recognized to be at least 40 to 50 percent more
efficient than a typical new home. All DOE ZERH homes are
so efficient that a renewable energy system can offset most
or all of the home's annual energy consumption.
In the category of custom homes, Paul Torcellini built a
3,597-square-foot home in Eastford, Conn., to meet the
performance criteria of the ZERH program. In terms of affordable homes, Dave Jones, owner of Revival Homes in New
Hartford, Conn., created a 1,380-square-foot home in Litchfield, Conn., that meets the ZERH performance criteria.
Both winning Connecticut homes feature:
* High-performance insulation systems for enhanced quiet and comfort;
* Comprehensive draft protection;
* Fresh air systems for cleaner, healthier indoor air;
* High-efficiency comfort systems; and
* High-efficiency appliances and advanced lighting technology for energy and water savings.
Jones established Revival Homes in 1994 and notes that
every Revival project involves energy efficiency, green
building techniques, advanced building science and indoor
air quality protection.
"It was an opportunity to make an extremely high-performance, energy-efficiency home and do it on a modest budget that most people can afford," Jones says, regarding the
ZERH home in Litchfield. "People just don't believe that you
can actually build a home like that for about the same cost as
essentially any other house."
Both homes also were recognized with top honors in the
sixth-annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge. )
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