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Winners of the CT Zero Energy Challenge Announced

New Britain, CT – Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas, recently selected the winners of the 10th annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, a statewide design and build showcase for single and multi-family homes.

In this nationally recognized initiative, participants are challenged to construct high-efficiency homes that consume little to no energy by using sustainable building practices.

Overall Winner

Debari Residence, Preston – Builder: Nick Lehto – Lehto Design/Build of Danielson

Best Overall Envelope (Building Outer Shell) Winner

Peterle Residence, Pawcatuck – Builder: Bogaert Construction of Essex

 Lowest HERS (Home Energy Rating) Winner

Project homeowner and builder: Sadler Residence, Bolton

Lowest HERS w/o Renewables and Lowest Cost/Square Foot Winner

Walton Residence, Hartford – Builder: Hartford Habitat for Humanity

Peter Harding Service Award

Established in 2018, the Peter Harding Service Award recognizes developers who are dedicated to building high performance homes in Connecticut. BPC Green Builders in Wilton, founded by brothers Mike and Chris Trolle, was selected as award recipient for the 10th annual Zero Energy Challenge.

The Zero Energy Challenge continues to be a great program to promote and popularize highly energy efficient and affordable homes in Connecticut,” said Mike Trolle.

“These Zero Energy Challenge participants have proven again that net zero homes are attainable, aesthetically pleasing, and most of all, affordable,” said Eversource senior VP and chief customer officer, Penni Conner. 

“The Zero Energy Challenge is always inspiring and a great showcase of the talent we have right here in Connecticut,” said Frank Reynolds, president of UIL Holdings Corporation.

The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is now seeking participants for its 2020 challenge. Homes must be completed by January 31, 2021. If interested in applying, visit EnergizeCT.com/ZEC for more details.

“BPC was founded 20 years ago to build homes just like this, and it has been exciting to watch and participate as the home building industry moves in this direction. We are honored to receive this award that recognizes our enduring commitment to this cause,” Mike Trolle added.

Conner said, “Congratulations to this year’s Zero Energy Challenge winners for continuing to demonstrate the importance of building super-efficient homes and helping Connecticut meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

“I commend all of this year’s Zero Energy Challenge participants for their innovative designs and commitment to prioritizing super energy efficiency and near-zero energy home construction,” added Reynolds.

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