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Stylish and Net Zero

This is a near Net Zero Energy, four bedroom, four and one-half bath home with a two bedroom apartment above the garage with a separate entrance.  Located within easy walking distance of the downtown area, this new home offers plenty of space and luxurious finishes for a comfortable lifestyle.

Although a net zero claim takes time to verify, the Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) of -10 indicates that this home might just achieve this significant mark of remarkable energy efficiency.

Project Architect: Trillium Architects

Special Features

  • Open plan layout on main floor
  • Gourmet kitchen with huge center island
  • Master bedroom with glass-walled reading nook
  • Exciting master bath with egg-shaped tub in glass-walled curved space
  • Finished attic space with expansive windows and great views
  • Finished basement recreation room
  • White oak flooring throughout
  • European tilt and turn windows
  • Large curved bluestone terrace surrounded by fieldstone wall
  • Extensive landscaping

Green Building Approaches

  • 19.6kw PV system is sized to provide all of the electricity needed to run the house and apartment
  • Evacuated tube solar hot water system provides most of the hot water for the house and the apartment
  • Foundation slab is insulated with 4” of EPS rigid foam board with 2” at edges
  • Foundation walls are insulated with 2” of 2lb SPF (continuous) and 3-1/2” of cellulose
  • Exterior walls are framed with 2×6’s at 24” spacing, insulated with 5-1/2 of dense-pack cellulose
  • Exterior walls are wrapped with 2” of polyisocyanurate foam board insulation to reduce thermal bridging
  • 14” roof trusses are insulated with 3” of 2lb spray foam insulation and 11” of dense-pack cellulose
  • Acrylic sheathing tapes used at all sheathing intersections to achieve exceptional air-tightness
  • Roof overhangs were attached after sheathing tape was applied to the critical wall-to-roof sheathing intersection
  • European thermally protected aluminum windows with triple glazing and u-values of 0.13 (roughly R-8)
  • Fiber cement siding with 30-year warranty installed over vertical 1×4’s to create ¾” drainage plane
  • Ducted air-source heat pump system heats and cool the entire house
  • Energy recovery ventilation for continuous fresh air with minimal heat loss and low operating cost


Project Year
HERS Score
Type of Home
Colonial with some contemporary elements
New Canaan
Project Size
6,300 sf