Award-Winning, Net-Positive Home & NESEA Annual Meeting

Exterior shot of Taft Faculty House
Watertown, CT
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; 2.0 BPI; 3.5 PHIUS CPHC; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

Cost: $25 for NESEA Members, $35 for Non-members (includes lunch)

This event features a Pro Tour of an international award-winning home designed to serve as a teaching tool for sustainable building while seamlessly blending into the historic neighborhood that surrounds it. Attendees can expect a close look at the process that made this building a reality, from concept to design to materials selection to performance data. Registration for this event includes lunch, the Pro Tour, and NESEA's Annual Meeting.

The Taft House's traditional and historically-appropriate Greek revival exterior shows little of the inner workings that make it an exemplar of sustainable, energy-efficient building technology.  This is because the team at Trillium Architects, under the leadership of Elizabeth DiSalvo, created a home that demonstrates that high-performance can be high-design. These intangibles can be traced back to some very tangible design decisions around air-tight, super-insulated envelopes, and careful material and mechanical selections.

The Taft Faculty House has been recognized with the following awards: 2016 Green Buildings Solutions Award, 3rd Place (International); USGBC LEED Home Outstanding Single Family Project, 1st Place (National); U.S.D.O.E. #1 National House of the Year 2015 1st Place (National); CTGBC Award of Honor 20151st Place (CT) ; CT Zero Energy Challenge 3rd Place 2014

View the case study for this project in our BuildingEnergy Case Study Database.

NESEA’s Annual Meeting will take place during lunch prior to the tour. We have designed this year’s meeting to optimize networking opportunities for attendees so they can make new connections and catch up with colleagues. The meeting program will include a short update of the work that NESEA and its members have been doing during the past year presented by NESEA Executive Director, Jennifer Marrapese. If you would like to attend the NESEA Annual Meeting and not the Pro Tour, please contact Katie Schendel,

Site Details
  • 3,600 sq.ft.
  • 24.7kBTU  Primary Energy Demand
  • PV array generating 200% of onsite energy consumed
  • Blower Door rating <0.45 ACH@ 50 Pa
  • Double-stud walls; dense-packed blown cellulose (rigid foam & spray foam)
  • HERS Index -19


11:00 AM

Doors open, registration and networking

11:30 AM

Lunch and NESEA Annual Meeting Begin

12:30 PM

Lunch Ends

12:45 PM

Project overview from Trillium Architects

1:45 PM

Travel as a group to Taft Faculty House

2:00 PM

Tour begins: attendees break into groups to rotate through stations

3:45 PM

Group reconvenes back to meeting point for reception

4:15 PM

Presentation, Q&A with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event concludes




Thanks to the 2017 Pro Tour Series sponsors:


Thanks to our event sponsors: