How Low Can These New Connecticut Energy Efficient Homes Go?

Two key factors that have become increasingly important to today's homebuilders and homeowners are reducing their environmental impact and saving on the rising costs of energy.

In pursuit of these goals, the 2017 CT Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC) builds off the ongoing success of the previous 7 year's Challenges. Participating homes will continue to demonstrate that building a super high efficiency (near zero energy) home is achievable today, while also representing the technologies and techniques it takes to get there.

The 2016 Challenge had 5 winners bringing home a total of $30,000 in cash prizes! Click below to learn more about each winning home and their super energy efficient features.
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2016 Challenge Recap »

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View the 2014 ZEC Winners »

What Is the Challenge?

The 2017 Zero Energy Challenge is a design and build competition for single and multi-family homes built in Connecticut between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. All final documentation must be submitted prior to the January 31, 2018 deadline. Participants compete for cash prizes, while gaining exposure to media and various forms of technical assistance provided by the Challenge sponsors and partners.

Completed homes are assigned a performance score based on the presence of energy-efficient features that curb overall energy use. Specifically, the Challenge uses RESNET Rating Standards to determine each completed home's HERS Index. The home's HERS Index, coupled with other factors including the cost effectiveness of the project and the home's total estimated energy use are utilized to determine the winners.

Competition winners will be announced in the spring of 2018. An awards ceremony will take place soon thereafter, where the winners will receive their prizes and their well earned recognition.

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