2017 NHSaves Drive to Net Zero Home Competition Participant
Bruce has been designing and building homes since 1989, in the past 10+ years he has been developing systems and methods to achieve Zero Energy homes at an affordable cost to construct, utilizing off the shelf and readily available materials. Builder: Homes for a Lifetime LLC, Weare NH Homes for a Lifetime has been building homes for over 20 years in New Hampshire. In 2005, High performance home become Bruce Fillmore’s passion and focus. Since then Bruce has completing many homes while receiving awards for his commitment in advancing the home building industry as whole. He continues to be a leader in teaching other builders and industry professionals on ways to build Zero Energy Homes at affordable, reasonable prices.
Gary started framing with his father as a teenager, and has been in the industry ever since. Gary is very passionate and his workmanship and attention to detail is unrivaled. When we first approached Gary about constructing air tight homes he was a bit apprehensive about it, but as we worked together identifying air paths through the air envelope, we devised simple techniques to address each. In the end we are able to consistently create homes with predictable air leakage results and achieve our goal of less than 1ACH@50PASCALS.
Quality Insulation is a full-service insulation company in Nashua, NH. They are local professionals representing a respected national brand. Steve Lussier has assembled a local team of highly skilled, knowledgeable, and professional men and women in the industry. His team has a strong understanding of building science which they are able to couple with the latest in insulation technologies. Steve manages each project to ensure quality, efficiency and timely execution.
When Homes for a lifetime decided to make the jump to Zero Energy Homes, They decided they could have better control over the entire system if they installed the roof mounted PV in house. By going this route they had better control over the installation workmanship, as the installers are more familiar with home construction and understand what it takes to ensure a quality installation. This also insures that there are licensed electricians handling every aspect of the electrical component installation, from grounding clamps to PV panel installation, not just at the electrical panel.
GDS provides commercial and residential energy consulting, HERS rating and other certification services throughout New Hampshire. Clients include designers, builders, and homeowners of single- and multifamily homes who want to build healthy, durable and energy-efficient homes that provide unsurpassed comfort for their occupants. GDS has worked with the NH Utilities for well over a decade certifying thousands of ENERGY STAR Homes.
The Gordon Home is a 2,150 sq. ft. three bedroom cape which was designed to be affordable to purchase and operate on a monthly basis. Both homeowners recently retired and in an effort to control their monthly living expenses, especially to keep those expenses from escalating during retirement they opted to purchase a much more energy efficient home then what is typically available on the market today. Homes for a Lifetime had previously built an ENERGY STAR home for their daughter, when they realized what their daughters energy bills were, Homes for a Lifetime was there go to builder for their own home. In learning what the Gordon’s goals where, we quickly realized that there was an opportunity to go all in on this home and develop a plan that meets their requirements and would have very small (if any) annual energy consumption. The major challenge was to keep this all within a set budget without sacrificing items like hardwood flooring and granite countertops.
|Building Information||Design Specs||As Built|
|Conditioned Area (sq. Ft.)||N/A||2150|
|Housing Type||Single family, Detached||Single family, Detached|
|U-value||N/A||U-Value – .24|
|SHGC||N/A||SHGC – .25|
|Space Heating (primary only) >Efficiency (HSPF, COP, Etc.||Heat Pump||Air- Source Heat Pump|
|Air Conditioning > Efficiency (SEER, EER)||Heat Pump||Air- Source Heat Pump|
|Water Heating > Efficicency (EF)||Instant||Propane Instant|
|Ventilation > Flow Rate||N/A||Pansonic Whispergreen|
|Infiltration Rate||Under 1 ACH50||.84 ACH50|
Annual Energy Use (MMBTU/Yr)
Code Built Home
|Lighting & Apppliances||4988||4865|
|Final HERS Rating||100||8|