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Old Greenwich Home Wins Green Building Award

This 2,670-square-foot house in Old Greenwich became the second in the country to be certified under the U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home program.
This 2,670-square-foot house in Old Greenwich became the second in the country to be certified under the U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home program. Photo Credit: GreenBuildingAdvisor.com
A renovated public housing complex in Meriden was also recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council.
A renovated public housing complex in Meriden was also recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council. Photo Credit: GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. - The Connecticut Green Building Council is honoring three energy-efficient residential projects in Connecticut, including homes in Old Greenwich and Rowayton, the GreenBuildingAdvisor.com said on its website .

The Norwalk-based Steven Winter Associates was honored for its contributions to energy-efficient residential home projects in Connecticut. One award includes the home in Old Greenwich, which is only the second house in the country to win certification under the U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home program.

Steven Winter Associates is a research and consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency. Steven Winter, an architect, was chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council from 1999 to 2003. Read more about the firm here .

These are the projects cited at the 2013 Green Building Awards in June:

  • Performance House in Old Greenwich, which is the second house in the country to win Challenge Home certification. The house also won certification as LEED-Platinum, Energy Star, WaterSense and National Green Building Standard Emerald, the company said. With a 6.6-kW photovoltaic array, the house has a HERS index of 20. The 2,670-square-foot, five-bedroom house was designed by Granoff Architects and built by Preferred Builders Inc.
  • The Lawrence Residence in Rowayton, which was built on a previously developed site near wetlands. Features include Superior Wall foundations, a ground-source heat pump and advanced framing. Much of the existing house was taken apart and given to local charities, the firm said, and that 91 percent of construction debris was diverted from landfills and incinerators.
  • Chamberlain Heights, a renovated public housing project in Meriden. Features included surface water management, drought-tolerant plants, low-VOC paints, and the addition of insulation without disturbing the existing exterior brick. The 124-unit project cost $26 million.

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