The project involves the new construction of an affordable, zero energy, owner occupied 3 bedroom residence with a 1 bedroom accessory apartment over a garage on a vacant lot in the Newhall Neighborhood of Hamden. The 499 Newhall Street project once completed will stand as an example of an affordable, sustainably built home in a once environmentally challenged neighborhood. To achieve zero energy, the project will employ innovative construction methods and materials, high thermally resistant design including advanced doors and windows, energy star appliances, LED lighting and high efficiency heating / cooling systems. These measures will be coupled with the installation of a 8.5 kw photovoltaic array on the South facing roof of the main house which is sized to meet all the electrical needs of the residence and accessory apartment, thereby creating a zero net energy residence. To maintain the affordability of the residence, the development team has assembled an array of funding and grant sources from the following agencies: Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Eversource Energy, Town of Hamden Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.*
* This project information has been provided courtesy of G. Christopher Widmer, A.I.A. LEED AP, Architect.