2015 Challenge Participant:

Revival Homes - Katzin Residence

Applicants: David Jones, James Katzin

Project Address: 62 Perkins Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

Bdrms./Sq. Footage: 3 BD - 1,379 sq ft

Builder Website: www.david@revivalhomes.net

Project Team Project Overview Project Specifications Project Photos

Builder: Revival Homes, L.L.C.

Revival Homes L.L.C. is owned by David Jones in New Hartford, CT. David Jones has been building high performance houses using systems and material such as SIPs, spray foam insulation, precast foundations and ground source heat pumps since 1994. David was the consultant writing the specifications for the 2010 Zero Energy Challenge 2nd place winner. David has been a member of PATH (Partnership for Advanced Technology Housing), the National Home Builders Association, EEBA (Energy and Environmental Building Association), SIPA (Structural Insulated Panel Association) and Build Green Group.  Revival Homes L.L.C.  projects have been featured in Professional Builder, Dwell, and Country Living magazine and the Litchfield County Times. David believes high performance is important at all price levels.  

Architectural Design: Responsive Designs

Responsive Designs, Kate Briggs Johnson Architect, established in 1990 provides architectural services, which are responsive to the needs of the clients, the site and the environment.  Over the years, the practice, which is predominately residential, has evolved to include more socially aware and environmentally friendly practices. The firm has been involved with a number of Habitat for Humanity Homes in Northwestern CT, as well as other Affordable Housing Projects. Blending of affordability, energy efficiency, durability, healthy homes and quality design is a passion. Kate Briggs Johnson is also a Passive House Institute Certified Designer.

Concrete Wall Panels: Superior Walls

For over 30 years, Superior Walls has been producing and installing insulated precast concrete foundations, which were designed to eliminate the typical problems that are common with traditional basement foundations.  No more dark, musty, damp and cold basements. Superior Walls foundations are durable. They enable homeowners to create warm, dry, bright and comfortable living spaces (in a basement or above grade). The Superior Walls panels are custom made to the exact specifications for each new home, including built-in openings for windows and doors, and they come completely ready for wiring and drywall. 

Superior Walls is the only foundation which is certified to receive green building points with the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The Superior Walls panels are made in a factory and shipped to the jobsite and usually installed in less than a day. The wall panels are also pre-insulated, and include built-in damp-proofing protection keeping the home warm, dry, and comfortable.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs): Foard Panel

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are designed to simplify the construction process and enhance the insulation and air tightness of the building envelope. Foard Panel SIPs are detailed for better performance. The true environmental and economic savings from Foard Panel SIPs are in the details.  Foard SIPs are expertly detailed and installed to further maximize the thermal performance.

Foard Panel Inc. believes in building for a sustainable global future, both in their product and in their employees and their families. Foard Panel Inc. manufactures high performance structural insulated panels that are intended to withstand the test of time. They provide skilled panel design and panel engineering, and manufacturing.  Their company believes that to build right they need to build their team, therefore their employees are offered excellent benefits and FPI shares profits with all employees. Foard Panel Inc. stands for good people constructing high performance buildings, to create a better future for us all.

Plaster Wall Contractor: Zordan and Son's

Since 1927, Zordan & Sons has been providing home and business owners with exterior stucco, plaster wall and ceiling installations. They are a family owned and operated team of contractors, and  have over 73 years of experience in the business. Their hand tooled veneer plaster finish far superior to taped/painted drywall and can be tinted and left unpainted. 

Plumbing: Zaharek Plumbing Inc.

Tom Zaharek of Zaharek Pluming Inc. in Torrington CT has been in business since 1996. His smaller company brings personal attention to all their projects. Tom specializes in complex custom plumbing. Tom cares about the quality of the environment and tries to bring that to all of his projects. His company has worked with Revival Homes L.L.C. since 2000.

Heating & Air Conditioning: C&G Heating

C&G's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning heating and air conditioning services include installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance. C&G was founded on the simple principle of delivering superior customer service from beginning to end. They offer only the highest quality products, and they stand behind their reliability and workmanship 100%. C&G has worked with Revival Homes, L.L.C. since 2004. 

Electrical: Devitto Electrical Contracting

Devitto Electrical Contracting specializes in custom home projects. Devitto Electrical Contracting is a smaller company able to provide personalized service to complex custom home projects. Owner Jeff Devitto has a great deal of experience working with high performance houses built with SIPs, and Open Built houses. His company has worked with Revival Homes L.L.C. since 2004

HERS Rater / ENERGY STAR / DOE Challenge Home Certifcation:  Steven Winter Associates of Norwalk, CT

The firm’s expertise in energy analysis, building science, and sustainable material/system recommendations enables it to support certification under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR for Homes rating system Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home Challenge, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) programs.  SWA’s reputation is built from 42+ years of experience offering clients leading edge technology, research, and development. Ultimately, their work is about creating buildings that consume less and deliver more.

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