Two Steven Winter Associates’ Projects Earn US DOE Housing Innovation Awards

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The Torcellini Residence in Eastford, CT and the Sustainable Living Center, part of the TREE Project in Ithaca, NY, have been recognized among the nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes.

The US Department of Energy has announced that Paul Torcellini and AquaZephyr have been awarded a 2016 Housing Innovation Award in the Custom (for Buyer) and Multifamily categories, respectively. Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, September 27, at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The Torcellini Residence, a three-bedroom 1920’s bungalow style home, is designed to emphasize durability, reduce consumption, and improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) acted as the HERS Rater and provided ENERGY STAR® v3.1, Indoor airPLUS™, and the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes certification support. Relying on passive design, the home’s orientation maximizes solar gain during cold months, while generous overhangs provide summer shading. This project was also a winner in this year’s CT Zero Energy Challenge.

The Third Residential EcoVillage Experience (TREE) project has 25 single-family homes and a new 15-unit multifamily building, known as the Sustainable Living Center. This new residential building received ENERGY STAR v3.1, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home and Indoor airPLUS labels. SWA provided sustainability consulting and certification services for the aforementioned programs as well as LEED for Homes, and Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

“These winners are leading the movement to Zero Energy Ready Homes that provide better places for Americans to live, stronger communities, and a more economically and environmentally resilient nation,” said Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect at the Building Technologies Office.

Since the Home Innovation Awards’ inception in 2013, SWA has worked on multiple winning projects each year including The Taft School Residence in Watertown, CT (2015 winner), the Trolle Residence in Danbury, CT (2014 winner), and the Performance House in Old Greenwich, CT (2013 winner).

Visit the U.S Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award’s website to view a complete list of the 2016 Housing Innovation Award Winners and to learn more about the awards. Winning homes from previous award years can be viewed on the DOE Tour of Zero.

About Steven Winter Associates

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting, and advisory services to improve commercial, residential, and multifamily built environments for private and public sector clients. The firm specializes in energy, sustainability, and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development, and compliance services. For more information, visit

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