Connecticut Showcase Home Designed for Residential Efficiency

Showcase Home exhibits energy-saving possibilities

Hartford Courant, November 12, 2014

It doesn’t look like the home of the future on the outside – no quirky, futuristic “Jetsons”-style accoutrements. But the Connecticut Showcase Home, at the entrance of The Reserve at Farm View development in Norwich, is designed to offer forward-looking energy savings along with a gracious, classical exterior.

“The home is 17 percent more energy efficient that the building code requires,” said Norton Wheeler, graduate master builder with Mystic River Building Company, which spearheaded the project. From the humble light bulb –in this case, long-lasting, energy-saving LEDs – to the furnace’s innovative heat pump, the structure is designed to create a small environmental footprint and pinch pennies at the same time.

The completed house opened to members of the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce Oct. 31 for a ribbon cutting, sponsored by the Connecticut chapter of Home Builders and Remodelers of America, which Wheeler serves as first vice-president. The house also hosted a weekend open house for the public, with proceeds to benefit Backus Hospital’s cancer center.

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