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YOU'RE INVITED TO VISIT THIS REMARKABLE HOME
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OPEN HOUSE • Saturday Oct. 5 from 10AM - 2PM

A Year in their Passive House

2012 CT Zero Energy Challenge winners open their doors to share this remarkable home with you.

What's it like to live in a home that produces more energy than it uses? After a year living in the first certified Passive House in CT the Honig family in Harwinton is inviting you to come see their home and hear what its like to live there. Their home won the  2012 CT Net Zero Challenge and was described by Enoch Lenge of the CT Energy Efficiency Fund as, "the most efficient and highest performing house we've ever seen." While the energy savings are remarkable, this home is bright, open, and exceptionally comfortable without relying on complicated equipment, though it does make smart use of technology.

This tour is part of NESEA's annual Green Building Open House inviting folks to visit high performance homes across the Northeast. You can learn about related events there.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE
  • Simple, clean, open design oriented to the sun with three levels of living space
  • European tilt and turn windows that gain more heat than they lose on an annual basis
  • Thick super insulated walls that create attractive deep windowsills
  • A solar thermal system built by Paul Honig to provide hot water
  • A system that provides constant fresh air to the home while recovering heat from the exhausted air
  • A rooftop solar electric system that produces more energy than the house needs and will be able to power an electric car
  • Architectural details that add interest to the building's simple form
WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE
(but we'll explain)
  • The Passive House design principles that make high performance possible
  • How this home achieves Net Zero and what that means
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
  • What it's like to live in a Passive House year round
  • Why it is so comfortable (and so different from typical homes)
WHO YOU'LL MEET
  • Members of the Honig family
  • Jamie Wolf (design) & Janet Downey (construction) from Wolfworks
  • Other members of the project team
 
PRESENTATIONS AT 11AM & 1PM ABOUT:
  • Designing and building to achieve high performance using the Passive House method
  • Solar electric systems that can power the house AND an electric car at a net annual cost of $0.00
  • The solar thermal system for hot water that Paul Honig built himself
  • How energy ratings help us make smart choices about energy use in our homes
  • How to find the incentives that make it easier and more affordable to save energy 
  • What Zero Net Energy means and why this home costs nothing to operate on an annual basis
FOLLOW DIRECTIONS TO TOWN LINE ROAD IN NEW HARTFORD
(GPS systems go to the wrong place if you use the actual address!)

Read about this house in "Designing and Building the Harwinton Passive House" and other blog posts at our Future Friendly Homes blog

Read the Honig's blog Our Connecticut Passive House where they share their experience building and living in this home
TOURS OF THE HOME BETWEEN PRESENTATIONS
Our current projects are remarkable. Not only will they look great, work well, and feel good to be in, they use dramatically less energy. They will also be significantly more comfortable, durable, healthy, and safe. This is our goal. We come to work each day to create homes that will be "future friendly".

We do this by design. Design is our practice. And good design means thinking through and making smart choices about what matters. Function matters. Graceful and inviting spaces matter. And how our homes perform matters, not just to us, but to the world of which each home is a part. 
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Watch this great video about this home, the first Certified Passive House in the state and our Zero Energy Challenge winner
COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS TAKING PART IN THIS OPEN HOUSE
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