NESEA Pro Green Building Tour: ZNE Modular + Passive New Construction + DER : September 20, Burlington, VT

  • 20 September 2019
  • Start time : 12:30 PM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : NESEA
  • Event Location : Address Provided Upon Registration, Burlington, VT, United States
Modular Houses, Passive Houses
Event Description

Attendees of this September event will have the opportunity to tour two very different projects: a newly constructed net-zero modular small house, designed to address housing needs in the wake of extreme weather events, and a 3 unit multi-family, originally built in 1870, which has recently been expanded and retrofitted to PHIUS standards.


Site 1

Representatives from Efficiency Vermont will lead the first portion of the event, which will showcase a zero energy modular small (not tiny!) home. This particular ZEM modular is a traveling model home that demonstrates some of the latest high performance and healthy home strategies. The home is all-electric with a super-insulated air-tight envelope, battery storage, and environmentally preferable/healthy finishes. The unit moves every few weeks to a new location acting as a teaching tool and demonstrating a new approach to affordable housing that considers life-cycle costs, not just first costs. This initiative came out of Tropical Storm Irene, in which a disproportionate number of mobile homes were damaged.

Project Details

  • Units: 1
  • Square footage: 560
  • Type of construction: New
  • Super insulated envelope (R40/43/60/5)
  • Cold climate heat-pump
  • 4.5kW PV solar array
  • Blower door test yielding<1.0ACH50

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Site 2

The team from New Frameworks will lead the second portion of the tour, featuring a 3-story, Passive House-certified addition to an existing home, originally built in 1870. In Phase I, the new-build addition will be PHIUS certified and divided from the existing spaces by a demising wall. The original building will go through a deep energy retrofit to bring it to comparable performance standard in Phase II. This work is being done with  embodied carbon calculations and toxicity considerations, and balanced with budget goals to guide the Passive House design and build process.

Project Details

  • Units: 3
  • Square Footage: 4,000
  • Type of construction: Mixed new + retrofit
  • Embodied carbon calculations done to inform materials choices
  • Limestrong lime plaster was used for accent walls
  • Known and anticipated ratings include: PHIUS, HERS, DOE's ZERH (Zero Energy Ready Home), Indoor airPLUS, USEPA WaterSense, Efficiency Vermont High Performance Buildings, Energy Star

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • NESEA
  • Agenda
    • 12:30 PM

      Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

      1:00 PM

      Welcome by NESEA

      1:05 PM

      Opening presentation, featuring project overviews of both sites

      2:15 PM

      Tour of first site begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

      3:00 PM

      Group travels to second project site

      3:15 PM

      Tour of second site begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

      4:15 PM

      Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

      4:20 PM

      Reception with light refreshments

      4:30 PM

      Q&A Panel with members of project teams

      5:00 PM

      Event Concludes
  • Cost
    • $25 Members/$35 Non-Members
  • Event type
    • Green Building Tour

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