Award-Winning Passive House & NESEA Annual Meeting

Exterior shot of Taft Faculty House

Event Date: 

Friday, August 18, 2017


Watertown, Connecticut


Watertown, CT

CEU Information: 

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 a Passive House certified home, which has been recognized with awards such as Best Energy Efficient House in the USA (twice) as well as an international building award. This net positive building is the first house in CT to earn LEED Platinum under Version 4, and is in the final paperwork of earning its petals for the Living Building Challenge. The house was designed to serve as a teaching tool for sustainable building and seamlessly blending into the historic neighborhood that surrounds it. The hosting team from Trillium Architects will be on hand to give attendees 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 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


11:30 AM

Doors open, registration and networking

12:00 PM

Lunch and NESEA Annual Meeting Begin

12:30 PM

Project Overview from Trillium Architects

1:15 PM

Travel as a group to Taft Faculty House

1:30 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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