CT Zero Energy Challenge Winners - 2014

Three Winners Announced for the Fifth annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

On February 24, 2015, Energize Connecticut with its utility partners, Eversource and the United Illuminating Company, named three winners of the fifth annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes. This year’s competition featured 11 homes from across the state built between June 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.

1st Place: Benker Residence, Glastonbury, CT

Homeowner: Carl Benker

Designer/Builder: Glastonbury Housesmith LLC, Glastonbury CT

Winning Categories: Lowest Overall HERS Index, Lowest HERS Index without Renewables (tied), Lowest Projected Annual Net Operating Cost

$25,000 prize

“It was important to us to build a home that was both durable and energy-efficient. By doing so, we will not only save money in the long run, but also achieve a lower overall environmental impact. We followed the most current building science construction principles, and the house will use no fossil fuels anywhere. The builder, Glastonbury Housesmith, made the house a huge success in our eyes.” - Homeowner Carl Benker.

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