News From BPC Green Builders
BPC Earns USGBC LEED Homes Award for 2015 “Outstanding Single-Family Project”
On June 28, 2016 the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the single family Taft School Faculty Home, which BPC Green Builders built and Trillium Architects designed, in Watertown, Connecticut was awarded the national 2015 LEED Homes Award for “Outstanding Single-Family Project”.
According to USGBC the annual LEED Homes Award “recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace”.
The home is Connecticut’s first building of any kind to earn the LEED Platinum certification under the Building Design and Construction rating system for homes using the new and more stringent LEED v4 requirements.
Because of the exceptional energy efficiency of this home, it is both PHIUS Passive House Certified and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Certified. With its HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of -17 this home is not only a true Net Zero Home, it actually generates more power than it uses.
A HERS score of 100 represents the amount of energy a typical house of its size would use. Homes with HERS scores of 0 (zero) put back into the power grid as much energy as they use, making them homes that use a “net zero” amount of energy from the grid. The energy they put back into the grid is clean energy, typically from solar panels. This home’s -17 HERS score means it generates enough additional clean energy to provide 17% of the power a non-green home would use. (In this area, the power company pays a fee for the power the home puts into the grid.)
But the home also provides more benefits. As a high-performance green home, this residence also serves as a learning lab and teaching tool for the school’s science students. The students monitor and study the home’s use of energy. The home also has a vegetable garden, chickens and a rain garden, making it even a better example of a comprehensive sustainable home. A model of what can be.
This home has also earned certifications including:
• Energy Star Certified
• Indoor Air Quality Plus Certified
• LEED for Homes Platinum Certified
• Passive House Certified
• Zero Energy Ready Home Certified
• Water Sense Certified
And it has earned other awards including:
• US DOE Housing Innovation Award 2015 – Grand Prize Winner (article)
• Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge 2014 – 3rd place and Honorable Mention
You can find photos and more details of this project at the BPC Green Builders website on the project’s profile page.
BPC Green Builders Wins Grand Prize
BPC Green Builders won the overall Grand Prize in the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards from The US Department of Energy for “Custom Innovation on the Path to Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes” for a new colonial-style home in Watertown. This home was commissioned by the Taft School as a new faculty home which could also be used by the school to teach energy conservation to its students. This is the third Housing Innovation Award for BPC.
The overall Grand Prize essentially means it was judged to be the Best of the Best of all National Housing Innovation Award Winners. The US DOE has prepared a comprehensive case study on the project. (CLICK to download DOE’s case study.)
Taft School Faculty Home becomes Second PHIUS Certified Passive House built by BPC Green Builders
A new colonial-style home in Watertown, CT, has been certified as a Passive House by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). For a home to meet this standard, it must meet a series of strict performance standards that result in an 80% reduction in energy required to operate the house versus a home built to meet the current building code. This is the second home in Connecticut to achieve this certification, both of which were built by BPC Green Builders.
BPC Green Builders Wins Housing Innovation Award for the Second Time
The first PHIUS certified home in Connecticut is owned by Mike Trolle, co-owner of BPC Green Builders, and is now a multiple award winner: the US Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award for “Custom Innovation on the Path to Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes”; and the Connecticut Energy Challenge (sponsored by CT Clean Energy Fund) winner of the 2013 award for the Lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index without Renewable Technologies with a HERS score of 35 (lower HERS scores are typically achieved by installing large solar arrays). Mike has written extensively about the house in his blog. The house is also the subject of a two-part article in the technical journal Energy Design Update.
The Department of Energy prepared this piece about the house.
Danbury Home from BPC Green Builders is First PHIUS Certified Passive House in Connecticut and Wins Zero Energy Challenge Award
A new cottage-style home in a Danbury lake community has been certified as a Passive House by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). For a home to meet this standard, it must meet a series of strict performance standards that result in an 80% reduction in energy required to operate the house versus a home built to meet the current building code. This is the first home in Connecticut to achieve this certification.
BPC Passive House in Danbury CT Named Winner of the Best Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Score Without Renewable Technologies
The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, named the same house as the winner of their annual award for the Lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score without Renewable Technologies. This is the third time that a BPC project has won one of the Challenge awards.
BPC Green Builders Wins National Housing Innovation Award for Home in New Fairfield Connecticut
BPC Green Builders was one of nineteen builders nationally to win a Housing Innovation Award from The US Department of Energy for “Custom Innovation on the Path to Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes” for a new contemporary-style home in New Fairfield. For a comprehensive description of the project, please read the case study created by the DOE for the Housing Innovation Awards.
Norwalk Connecticut BPC Built Home Wins Award from United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Connecticut Chapter
BPC Green Builders was the builder for a new Neo-Traditional-style home in Norwalk that won a Merit Award from the Connecticut chapter of the United States Green Building Council. The home was also recently certified at the Gold tier within LEED for Homes, which is sponsored by the US Green Building Council.
BPC Green Builders Builds it Third Home to Earn LEED for Homes LEED Platinum Certification
A new contemporary-style home in Norwalk recently completed by BPC Green Builders has been certified at the top Platinum tier within LEED for Homes, which is sponsored by the US Green Building Council, and is generally regarded as the most stringent green building certification program in the country. This is the third home built by BPC to reach the Platinum tier.
New Custom Home in Fairfield Earns BPC Green Builders its Second The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge Award
The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, named a new house built by BPC in New Fairfield as the winner of their annual award for the Lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score without Renewable Technologies. This is the second time that a BPC project has won one of the Challenge awards.
BPC Green Builders Cofounder Mike Trolle Writes a Series of Columns in The Home Monthly from Hersam-Acorn Newspapers
Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders has begun what will be a series of columns on Green Building in the “Home” special section of The Home Monthly, part of Hersam-Acorn Newspapers. Each month, Mike will explore the answers to questions such as “What makes a home green”, and “Is it worth the extra cost?”
Ridgefield CT Whole House Green Renovation Earns BPC Green Builders Award from the CT Chapter of USGBC
BPC Green Builders was the builder for a renovated home in Ridgefield that won a Merit Award from the Connecticut chapter of the United States Green Building Council.
Co-founder of BPC Green Builders, Chris Trolle Earns Passive House Consultant Certification from Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)
Chris Trolle of BPC Green Builders has completed nine days of training and passed the exam to become a Certified Passive House Consultant. This program, which is sponsored by Passive House Institute US, has established an aggressive standard for energy efficient, high performance homes that can result in a 90% reduction in energy requirements. Similarly high standards are achieved for comfort, indoor air quality, and durability.
HOBI Award from Homebuilders Association of Connecticut Goes to BPC Green Builders
The 2011 HOBI award for The Best Energy-Efficient Green Remodel was awarded to BPC Green Builders for its renovation of a 1970’s colonial in Ridgefield. The HOBI awards are sponsored by The Homebuilders Association of Connecticut. Follow this link for a tour of the home.
BPC Earns Connecticut Green Builder of the Year Award in the “CT Green Business Awards” Program Sponsored by Business New Haven
The CT Green Business Awards go out each year to companies that are leading the way to a new green economy for CT. For 2011, BPC Green Builders has been honored as the CT Green Builder of the Year. These awards are sponsored by Business New Haven. Stay tuned for more details.
New Canaan CT Custom Home By BPC Green Builders Earns LEEDS for Homes LEED Platinum Certification and Four Awards
The Kantor house, a new home recently completed by BPC Green Builders in New Canaan, CT, has been certified at the top Platinum tier within LEED for Homes, sponsored by the US Green Building Council, which is generally regarded as the most stringent green building certification program in the country. The house has also been certified at the top Emerald tier by the National Green Building Standard, sponsored by the NAHB Research Center.
In addition, the house has earned three prestigious awards:
• Green Builder magazine selected the Kantor house as the outstanding home in the US for its“Best Use of Advanced Building Technology” for the 2010 Green Builder Green Home of the Year Awards program. An article on the house was published in their December “Awards” issue.
• The Connecticut Green Building Council chose the Kantor house as The Most Intriguing Residence in Connecticut for 2010.
• Energy Engineers, Connecticut Chapter, chose the Kantor house and BPC Green Builders for its 2009 Energy Project Award.
• The CT Energy Efficiency Fund, CL&P, and UI have announced that the Kantor home placed third in the first annual CT Zero Energy Challenge. This competition was established to help educate homebuilders and homeowners about high efficiency homes that use almost no energy. Through this Challenge, the award-winning homes have demonstrated that building to this level of energy efficiency is achievable today.
BPC Green Builders Co-founder, Chris Trolle invited by CT Energy Efficiency Fund for Enviro Build Expo Discussion Panel
At the invitation of The CT Energy Efficiency Fund, Chris Trolle of BPC Green Builders participated in a panel discussion at the 2010 Enviro Build Expo on 10/13 at the CT Expo Center in Hartford, CT. The discussion concerned how to build an energy efficient home. The target audience was contractors and builders.
BPC Green Builders Co-founder Mike Trolle Asked by The Sierra Club to Provide Testimony About Energy and Water Efficiency
At the request of the Connecticut Chapter of The Sierra Club, Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders provided testimony to the Codes Amendment Subcommittee of the Codes and Standards Committee of the Connecticut Department of Safety in support of proposed code amendments to increase the energy and water efficiency requirements contained within the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, which is due to be adopted by the State within the next year.
Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders Invited by Dept. Of Environmental Protection to be Part of Panel on Earth Day
Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders, at the invitation of Amey Marrella, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, participated in an Earth Day panel presentation and discussion at the State Capitol regarding green building, organic farming, and green companies in Connecticut.
BPC Green Builders Home Renovation in Ridgefield CT Earns LEED for Homes LEED Platinum Certification
A home renovation recently completed by BPC Green Builders in Ridgefield, CT, has been certified at the top Platinum tier within LEED for Homes, which is sponsored by the US Green Building Council, and is generally regarded as the most stringent green building certification program in the country. Follow this link for a tour of the home.
BPC Green Builders Moves to New Larger Offices in Wilton CT Because of Company’s Growth
BPC Green Builders, LLC has relocated its offices to 523 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut. The move was the company’s second in three years and was necessitated by their continued growth which reflects the increasing popularity of green building in Connecticut. The company has specialized in high performance green building since its inception in 1998.
Mike Trolle Co-founder of BPC Green Building Speaks to Women’s Council of Realtors in Danbury CT About Green Building, Home Performance and Residential Building Science
Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders was invited by the Greater Danbury chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors to speak to its members about green building. Mike’s presentation explored the energy-related performance benefits of green homes as the most important of the multiple performance benefits that can be achieved when the design and construction of a home is based upon residential building science.
BPC Green Builders’ Mike Tolley Invited to Speak to CT Department of Environmental Protection About Green Building and It’s Importance
Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders was invited by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to speak to its staff about residential green building and the important role it must play in protecting Connecticut’s environment.
American Institute of Architects Connecticut Chapter Invites BPC Green Builders’ Founders Mike and Chris Trolley To Give Continuing Education Presentation
In late 2008, Mike and Chris Trolle of BPC Green Builders were invited by the Committee on the Environment of the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects, to speak to its members regarding a builder’s perspective on green building. The continuing education presentation took place June 30, 2009. One of BPC’s current projects, the Kantor residence in New Canaan, Connecticut (which is seeking certification at the top platinum level in the LEED for Homes program), was used to illustrate the team approach that characterizes the best green homes. Mike and Chris were joined by four members of the team involved in this project, as well as the owners, Nate and Etta Kantor. Team members included the LEED for Homes provider, Karla Donnelly, of Steven Winter Associates; the landscape architect, Keith Beaver of Didona Associates; the solar systems engineer and contractor, Leigh Seddon of Alteris Renewables; and the fireplace consultant, Mike Van Buren of Blazing Design. The LEED for Homes program is offered by the United States Green Building Council.
BPC Green Builders Invited to Speak to Mid-Fairfield County CT Association of Realtors
Mike Trolle of BPC Green Builders was invited by the Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors to speak to its members about green building.
December 7, 2008
BPC Green Builders Announces it is Underway on Two LEED for Homes Certification Program Projects in Connecticut
BPC Green Builders is pleased to announce that it is currently at work on two projects that are registered with the LEED for Homes program, offered by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). Among the programs to offer green certification for new homes, LEED for Homes is generally regarded as the program with the most stringent standards. The entry point for successful certification is “Certified” and rises from there to Silver, then Gold, and finally Platinum. Both homes under construction by BPC have targeted the top tier for eventual certification.
November 12, 2008
Mike Trolle, Co-Founder BPC Green Builders Presents at Meeting of the Home Builders and Remodelers Assocation of Fairfield County Connecticut About NAHB affiliated Build Green Connecticut Program
The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County (HBRA) presented an informational meeting to introduce its members to the new Build Green Connecticut program affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the parent organization of the HBRA, as well as the LEED for Homes program created by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The panel of experts included Michael Trolle of BPC Green Builders, LEED for Homes Advocate for Connecticut and a member of both the Connecticut Green Building Council and the HBRA.
Connecticut Green Building Council Awards BPC Green Builders Home in Norfolk Connecticut with Intriguing Design Award
BPC Green Builders was the builder for a new home in Norfolk that won an award from The Connecticut Green Building Council for its “Intriguing Design.” This marks the first year of an annual awards competition to be sponsored by the CTGBC.
Bethany Connecticut New Custom Home bu BPC Green Builders Earns LEED for Homes LEED Silver Certification
The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) announced that a new home built by BPC Green Builders in Bethany, CT, was awarded LEED for Homes certification at the Silver level, becoming one of the first homes in the state to be certified. The home was registered during the pilot phase of the program, which was officially launched in November of 2007. The home was built to be exceptionally energy efficient and features solar thermal panels to create hot water and solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.
January, 2008 BPC Green Builders LLC Celebrates its Tenth Year Aniversary
BPC Green Builders LLC of Connecticut, formerly know as Building Performance Construction Services LLC celebrates 2008 as its tenth year in business. BPC was one of the first and is one of the premier green builders in Connecticut. Mike Trolle, co-founder of BPC Green Builders, said in a statement “It’s amazing how far homeowners have come in realizing the important of Green Building and how
September 1, 2007
Award-Winning Building Performance Construction Services of CT Renames Itself as “BPC Green Builders, LLC”
Building Performance Construction Services, LLC has changed its name to BPC Green Builders, LLC to better reflect its commitment to residential green building. The company has a ten year record of building high performance green homes and has received numerous awards for its work.
August 1, 2007
Michael Trolle of BPC Accepts Volunteer Advocate Position for USGBC’s LEED for Homes Green Building Program
Michael Trolle, a partner at Building Performance Construction which specializes in high performance green building for homes, has accepted the position of volunteer advocate to promote the introduction of the new LEED for Homes green building program in Connecticut. The program has been developed by the United States Green Building Council. Mike is a member of the Connecticut Green Building Council which recently announced that it has agreed to become an official chapter of the United States Green Building Council.
Home Builders Association Awards BPC HOBI Award for Best Energy Efficient/Green Home in Connecticut
The Home Builders Association of Connecticut announced that BPC was selected to receive a 2006 HOBI Award for the construction of the Best Energy Efficient/Green Home in Connecticut. The home is a new saltbox in Norfolk, Connecticut, built with structural insulated panels and featuring solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity for use in the home and re-sale to the utility.
February 1, 2007
BPC Moves To New Larger Offices in Georgetown Connecticut Because of Company’s Growth
Building Performance Construction Services, LLC has relocated its offices to 16 Old Mill Road in Georgetown, Connecticut. The move was necessitated by the company’s recent growth which reflects the increasing popularity of green building in Connecticut. The company has specialized in high performance green building since its inception in 1998.
Home Builders Association of Connecticut Awards BPC HOBI Award for Best Energy Efficient/Green Home in Connecticut for New Home BPC Built in Redding CT
The Home Builders Association of Connecticut announced that BPC Green Builders was selected to receive a 2004 HOBI Award for the construction of the Best Energy Efficient/Green Home in Connecticut. The home is a new four-square Victorian reproduction home in Redding, Connecticut, built with structural insulated panel technology and featuring a variety of green building products including fiber cement shingle siding, FSC certified maple flooring, and a sprinkler system for fire protection.