Award Winning Net-Zero Home & Teaching Tool

Exterior shot of Taft Faculty House
Watertown, CT
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $25 for NESEA Members, $35 for Non-members

This Pro Tour features an international award-winning, highly efficient 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.

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

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


12:30 PM

Doors open, registration and networking

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 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



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