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Three Winners Announced for the Ninth Annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

On June 13, 2019, Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, announced the selection of three winners for the ninth annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC). The challenge featured nine homes from across the state built in 2018.

Overall Winner and Lowest HERS Index and Lowest HERS Index before Renewables, Best Overall Envelope (Tied) Winner

Project: Sean Holmes and Carla Waclawski Residence, Higganum, Conn.

Builder: Jamie Wolf and Janet Downey, Wolfworks Inc., Avon, Conn.

HERS Index
Code-Built Home100
Before Renewables31
With Renewables-22

“The story behind our house is one of persistence and vision. After falling in love and buying land where we wanted to build our house, we were met with some challenges that prohibited us from beginning construction for five years,” said Higganum homeowner Sean Holmes. “Eversource and the Wolfworks team were instrumental in helping us overcome these obstacles – and now we have a place to call home!” 

Best Overall Envelope (Building Outer Shell) Winner

Project homeowner and builder: Brian and Eliza Martel Residence, Canterbury, Conn.

HERS Index
Code-Built Home 100
Before Renewables 33
With Renewables -2

Lowest Cost per Square Foot Winner

Project: Jeff Dean & Archna Khattar Residence, Mansfield, Conn.

Builder: LNick Lehto, Lehto Design/Build, Danielson, Conn.

HERS Index
Code-Built Home 100
Before Renewables 39
With Renewables 2