ZNE Modular + Passive New Construction + DER

Burlington, VT
Friday, September 20, 2019

CEUs: AIA pending; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

Site 1

Representatives from VEIC will lead the first portion of the event, which will showcase a zero energy modular small (not tiny!) home. This particular ZEM modular is a traveling model home that demonstrates some of the latest high performance and healthy home strategies. The home is all-electric with a super-insulated air-tight envelope, battery storage and environmentally preferable/healthy finishes. The home moves every few weeks to a new location acting as a teaching tool and demonstrating a new approach to affordable housing that considers life-cycle costs, not just first costs. This initiative came out of Tropical Storm Irene where a disproportionate number of mobile homes were damaged.

Project Details

  • Units: 1
  • Square footage: 560
  • Type of construction: New
  • Super insulated envelope ((R40/43/60/5)
  • Cold climate heat-pump
  • 4.5kW PV solar array
  • Blower door test yielding<1.0ACH50


Site 2

The team from New Frameworks will lead the second portion of the tour, featuring a 3-story, Passive House-certified addition to an existing 1870 home. In Phase I, the new-build addition will be PHIUS certified and divided from the existing spaces by a demising wall. The original building will go through a deep energy retrofit to bring it to comparable performance standard in Phase II. This work is being done with  embodied carbon calculations and toxicity considerations, and balanced with budget goals to guide the Passive House design and build process.

Project Details

  • Units: 3
  • Square Footage: 4,000
  • Type of construction: Mixed new + retrofit
  • Embodied carbon calculations done to inform materials choices
  • Limestrong lime plaster was used for accent walls
  • Known and anticipated ratings include: PHIUS, HERS, DOE's ZERH (Zero Energy Ready Home), Indoor airPLUS, USEPA WaterSense, Efficiency Vermont High Performance Buildings, Energy Star


Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at fmacgregor@nesea.org or 413-774-6051 x10.



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