2015 Challenge Participant:

Glastonbury Housesmith - Harris Residence

Applicants: Lisa Harris, Robert Dykins

Project Address: 1 Ellise Road, Mansfield, CT 06268

Bdrms./Sq. Footage: 3 BD - 3,278 sq ft

Project Team Project Overview Project Specifications Project Photos

Designer:  CK Architects, Guilford, CT

CK Architects is a small New England architectural design firm located in Guilford, CT.  We specialize in well-crafted residential, commercial, and small institutional projects.  Our aim is to improve our clients' quality of life by guiding them through the process of creating a home that is a natural extension of themselves. As designers, we appreciate our unique ability to contribute to our community by improving the quality of the built environment for ourselves and future generations.  We endeavor to do this in a manner that enhances the natural environment. http://ck-architects.com/

Builder:  Glastonbury Housesmith, LLC., Glastonbury, CT

Robert Dykins is the operating owner of Glastonbury Housesmith, LLC.  His goal is to create a personalized building experience with workmanship worthy of a signature.  He succeeds in building creative, smart, energy efficient homes with an emphasis on utilizing the newest products and the most current technology.  Robert Dykins has been a recipient of the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) for Homes Award.  Robert and Glastonbury Housesmith, LLC were awarded the first LEED Gold certified house in Connecticut. He was  recently honored for achieving the lowest HERS Index with PV in the RESNET 2015 Cross Border Builder Challenge. Robert has been also recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy,  Connecticut Green Building Council and National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS). Robert’s construction methods and constant search for innovations improve the durability, efficiency, and livability of a house.  He pays close attention to every aspect of the construction process as if the project was his own home. http://www.glastonburyhousesmith.com

Foundation: Purinton Builders, Suffield, CT

Having worked for several years as a general contractor, Dennis Purinton decided to form his own company specializing in cast-in-place concrete and Purinton Builders Inc. was incorporated in 1984.  After researching many insulation systems available for concrete foundations (both above and below grade) Dennis felt the best option was Thermomass Insulation Systems.  Purinton Builders placed their first Thermomass insulated foundation in 2004.  Around the same time Dennis began working with Tilcon, CT to develop environmentally friendly, "green" concrete mix designs, utilizing replacement cements and fly ash, and continue to work today improving upon mix designs for cold weather concrete as well as Pervious Concrete which reduces storm runoff. http://www.purintonbuilders.com

Plumbing Contractor: Bradley & Sons Plumbing, Marlborough, CT

Bill Bradley is owner of Bradley and Sons Plumbing, a small family company serving Marlborough, CT and the surrounding communities, and he personally oversees every project.  Bill works with customers, builders, and architects to make sure the plumbing portion of a project is done to the highest standards.  One thing unique about Bill is that he is continually looking to improve his plumbing designs with an eye toward being more energy and material efficient.  He was recently certified in Uponor Aquasafe for the installation of residential fire sprinklers.  This soon to be mandatory system allows safe egress for your family in case of fire. http://www.bradleyandsonsplumbing.com

HVAC Contractor: A&B Heating & Cooling, South Windsor, CT

Since 1973 A&B Cooling & Heating Corp. has been keeping their customer’s homes a healthy and comfortable environment.  Always seeking systems that provide the greatest efficiency and comfort levels, A&B began installing geothermal systems in 1995.  Since that time, with over 500 satisfied geothermal customers, they have become leaders in geothermal technologies. http://www.abcoolingandheating.com

Insulation Contractor: Collins and Company, Tolland, CT

Collins & Co. orange trucks have been a constant in neighborhoods in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York for over 65 years. We are an industry leader in the insulation field, while also providing and installing other building products such as seamless gutters, gutter protection, and more. Choose one of our branches on the right to learn more about what we can do for you and your home. http://www.orangetruck.com

HERS Rater:  Home Energy Technologies, LLC., Essex, CT

Home Energy Technologies is a leading Connecticut-based residential energy consulting firm and RESNET-accredited Home Energy Rating System Provider. We consult with architects, developers, builders and homeowners on improving residential energy-efficiency and offer certification services for ENERGY STAR for Homes, the National Green Building Standard and other programs. Our mission is to help homebuilders and homeowners find and implement practical, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to create more durable, comfortable and energy-efficient home. http://www.homeenergytechnologies.com

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