New England Home Achieves a -23 HERS Index Score

New England Home Achieves a -23 HERS Index Score

This traditional looking New England home was designed with three goals in mind: durability, energy efficiency and health.
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Green Builder Home of the Year Awards

Green Builder Media

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 8:45am

CAMPAIGN: Green Builder Home of the Year Awards

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THIS TRADITIONAL LOOKING New England home was designed by homeowners Elizabeth Wegner and Carl Benker with three goals in mind: durability, energy efficiency and health. The home reflects the couple’s desire to substantially reduce their negative environmental impact on the world. It was built by Glastonbury Housesmith, which constructed the first LEED certified Gold house in Connecticut.  The house was constructed to meet the most up-to-date residential building codes (2012 IRC, 2012 IECC) rather than those which are required in the state. The most notable requirements of the new codes are a stronger structure to withstand high hurricane winds and exterior insulation outside of the wall sheathing to prevent condensation—and subsequently, mold and/or rot—within the walls. An Uponor fire sprinkler system was also integrated with the domestic cold water plumbing.

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