8 Super Green Homes in Connecticut ~ 2012.

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8 Super Green Homes in Connecticut ~ 2012.

2012 CT Zero Energy Challenge

Connecticut’s 2012 Zero Energy Challenge is about designing and building a single or multi-family super efficiency, near energy zero use house.  This is the third year of the challenge with the overall winner getting $10,000.

Other category of winners are:

  • Lowest overall HERS Index: $5,000
  • Lowest HERS Index without renewable technologies: $5,000
  • Most affordable project (cost/sq. ft.): $5,000
  • Lowest projected annual net operating cost: $5,000


For the 2012 challenge there are 8 participants throughout Connecticut:

  1. Appropriate Designs, North Franklin, Ct  ~ 2 bedroom, 1,680 sq. ft.
  2. BPC Green Builders, Norwalk, Ct ~ 5 bedroom, 2,562 sq., ft.
  3. Lehto Builder, Brooklyn, Ct, ~ 4 bedroom, 3,200 sq. ft.
  4. Preferred Builders, Old Greenwich, Ct ~ 5 bedroom, 2670 sq. ft.
  5. BPC Green Builders, New Fairfield, Ct ~ 3 bedroom, 3,317 sq. ft.
  6. The Murrays, Portland, Ct ~ 3 bedroom, 3,200 sq. ft.
  7. Lehto Builder, Killingly, Ct ~ 3 bedroom, 2,600 sq. ft.
  8. WolfWorks, Harwington, Ct ~ 3 bedroom, 3,561 sq. ft.


A net zero energy homes are designed to no more energy from the electric grid than if produces on site over a period of time. These homes go beyond the minimum building code standards and some of the advance designs and building techniques are:

  • Advanced insulation materials and envelope air sealing.
  • Energy efficient HVAC systems along with Energy/Heat Recovery Ventilators (ERVs & HRVs).
  • Passive solar orientation.
  • Solar thermal water and photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • Efficient smart framing techniques and materials.


David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004.

  • Green Affiliations.
    • Realtor GREEN designation by the National Association of Realtors.
    • David Popoff is an accredited LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Homes and USGBC member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
    • Associate member and an accredited Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the local chapter HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct.
    • Member of the HBA CT Green Homes Council.
    • GPRO Construction Management Certified by Urban Green Council, USGBC NY.
  • Member of the Multiple Listing Service, MLS.
    • Darien
    •  Greenwich
    •  Greater Fairfield County
  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.
  • Contact David Popoff at William Pitt Sotheby’s for all your real estate needs in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Rowayton and the rest of lower Fairfield County.



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David Popoff
Connecticut Licensed Real Estate Broker
Realtor® Green
Seller Representative Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative


DMK Real Estate, Darien, CT.
Cell (203) 228-0646




DMK Realty, 06820 





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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi David.  I clicked on the first three.  There were no prices.  Do you know what the extra costs were to be green?

Feb 04, 2013 07:46 PM #1
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Hi Conrad, the homes are not for sale, just being built. Costs for green can range from 0% additional to up to maybe 6 to 8% of original construction cost depending on what features you get.

For example a very well insulated and air tight home will require a much much smaller heating and cooling system so the additional cost  on the insulation is saved on the decrease of the HVAC smaller system.

Another example, LED lighting will cost you more but the payback is in 1 to 3 years then for the next 20 it is money in your pocket.

Along with that green homes require less maintenance, are healthier to live in and better built since there is a 3rd party verifier.

Check out this article   What Makes a LEED Home Different?


Feb 04, 2013 10:16 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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This is a very timely topic as many of us receive very high utility bills.

Have an outstanding day!

Feb 05, 2013 12:01 AM #3
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