FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A Wilton builder and a Ridgefield architect were among the winners in the fifth-annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes.
Energize Connecticut with its utility partners, Eversource (formerly Connecticut Light & Power) and the United Illuminating Company, named three winners in the contest, which included 11 homes from across the state built between June 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014.
Participants were challenged to construct high-efficiency homes that consume little to no energy and the winners were awarded cash prizes. ZEC homes are the pinnacle of high-performance homes and demonstrate to the building community, as well as to anyone considering building a home in Connecticut, that zero energy construction is achievable.
Competing builders and architects implement energy-saving features into the home’s design to increase energy performance and lower its Home Energy Rating System Index (HERS). The project’s cost effectiveness and the home's total estimated operating costs are also used to determine the winners in each category.
Glastonbury Housesmith won first place with its Benker Residence project. Lehto Design/Build finished second with its Lehto Residence project in Brooklyn.
Trillium Architects is led by Elizabeth DiSalvo, AIA and has been involved in the design and construction of green buildings since 1992. Trillium is an all-women architect team located at 409 Main St. in Ridgefield.
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