Green Technology “E-House” Initiative

The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System's ("CTECS") E-House Initiative creates on-site laboratories for high school students and trade instructors where hands-on learning and green workforce development flourish. Each E-House is designed and built by CTECS students and instructors featuring high-efficiency and clean, renewable energy technologies. Working on the E-House helps to prepare Connecticut's technical high school students to enter the green workforce. The E-Houses serve as energy efficiency learning laboratories with examples of insulation and construction practices of the past and present in an energy efficiency time capsule.

The first E-House was opened at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain on September 20, 2011. Since then, six more E-Houses have opened at technical high schools throughout Connecticut.

Funding is provided by the Connecticut Green Bank, and Energize ConnecticutSM.


What is an E-House?

An Energy Efficient Building

All of CT Technical High Schools' E-Houses are built with design techniques that have energy efficiency in mind. Twelve of the E-Houses will be 16' x 20' structures that use Solar PV and Solar Thermal that provide electricity and hot water for the building. Heating for these E-Houses comes from a high efficiency boiler. The six remaining E-Houses (20' x 30') will also have geo-thermal heating and cooling systems and a mechanical room that allows for real-world scenarios in the classroom.

A Learning Laboratory

A variety of lighting options are displayed throughout each E-House, from inefficient incandescent bulbs to highly efficient LEDs.

Building Analysis/Weatherization:
During construction of the E-Houses a variety of windows are tested, and students use the Blower Door Test, Fluke-Infrared Gun, and smoke stick testing to detect air leakage. A variety of energy efficient framing techniques and window options are installed throughout the building. Different types of insulation are showcased to demonstrate the variety of materials that are used to insulate a home.

Solar PV:
Solar PV panels which provide electricity for the structure and an electric car charging station, some of which are feed excess energy back into the grid. Electricity production can be monitored via the web.

Solar Thermal:
Solar Thermal panels are hooked up to a water heater. Hot water is fed back to the host school for use.

Heat Pumps:
High efficiency ductless mini split heat pumps use an environmentally friendly refrigerant.

All systems can be used for future instruction through demonstration, maintenance, and upgrades

Find E-Houses located throughout CT!

Use the map to the left to locate an E-House, then click on an E-House icon to display a brief overview on the project in here in this pane. At the end of the overview, click on "Read More" to view the full story, photos and even some videos on each project.

There are currently 7 operating E-Houses located at Technical High Schools throughout CT. Based on budget, the goal is to have an E-House up and running at each of Connecticut's 17 Technical High Schools, be sure to check here for project updates as they become available.

The E-House Laboratory at:

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Opened: December 31, 1969

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The E-House Laboratory at:

Henry Abbott Technical HS

21 Hayestown Ave. - Danbury, CT

Opened: December 17, 2014

The construction of the E-House at Abbott Tech was indeed a team effort. The school's carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing and heating students built the E-House and installed all of the cutting edge green technologies. While the Masonry department from Bullard-Havens Tech, and the Sustainable Architecture program at Windham Tech provided their assistance in getting the job done.

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The E-House Laboratory at:

Bullard-Havens Technical HS

500 Palisade Ave - Bridgeport, CT

Opened: October 8, 2014

In October of 2014, the CT Technical High School System opened it's 6th E-House at Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport. At the opening ceremony, Bullard-Havens Tech Principal, Richard Cavallaro, welcomed everyone and expressed his pride in his students and staff on their outstanding effort in completing the project.

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The E-House Laboratory at:

Howell Cheney Technical HS

791 Middle Turnpike W - Manchester, CT

Opened: October 24, 2013

In October of 2013, Howell Cheney Technical High School in Manchester introduced its new E-House, a working laboratory in energy-efficient construction. Designed and built from the ground up by students, the approximately 750-square-foot building is outfitted with solar energy systems, a wifi smart thermostat and other materials on the cutting edge of the clean energy industry.

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The E-House Laboratory at:

E. C. Goodwin Technical HS

735 Slater Rd - New Britain, CT

Opened: September 20, 2011

The E-House built on-site at at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School is the nation's first green construction learning laboratory. The E-House is part of the state's technical high school system's "green" approach to provide clean energy curriculum and hands-on experience for its architectural, carpentry, electrical and plumbing departments' faculty and students.

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The E-House Laboratory at:

Ella T. Grasso Technical HS

189 Fort Hill Rd. - Groton, CT

Opened: April 24, 2013

The E-House at Grasso Tech is the third E-House opened by the Connecticut Technical High School System. On the day it opened in 2013, the solar panels were already providing the clean power being used to charge an electric car, while simultaneously producing hot water for the school's Hairdressing shop.

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The E-House Laboratory at:

Platt Technical HS

600 Orange Ave - Milford, CT

Opened: June 13, 2013

Despite being a rainy, damp day in June of 2013, there was a great deal of pride and excitement at Platt Technical High School in Milford for the Grand Opening of their E-House. The E-House at Platt Tech is the fourth E-House to officially open at Connecticut's Technical High Schools, with three more scheduled to open in 2014.

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The E-House Laboratory at:

Oliver Wolcott Technical HS

75 Oliver St. - Torrington, CT

Opened: October 17, 2012

The second of 17 planned E-Houses by the Connecticut Technical High School System, the structure unveiled at Oliver Wolcott Technical High offers more than a lesson in changing light bulbs and adding insulation. It's a three-dimensional glimpse into the future and a ramped up training ground for "green" jobs.

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Wolcott Tech
Torrington, CT

Kaynor Tech
Waterbury, CT
coming soon

Bristol Tech
Bristol, CT
coming soon

Goodwin Tech
New Britain, CT

Wilcox Tech
Meriden, CT
coming soon

Vinal Tech
Middletown, CT
coming soon

Prince Tech
Hartford, CT
coming soon

Cheney Tech
Manchester, CT

Windham Tech
Willimantic, CT
coming soon

Ellis Tech
Danielson, CT
coming soon

Abbott Tech
Danbury, CT

O'Brien Tech
Ansonia, CT
coming soon

Whitney Tech
Hamden, CT
coming soon

Wright Tech
Stamford, CT
coming soon

Bullard-Havens Tech
Bridgeport, CT

Platt Tech
Milford, CT

Norwich Tech
Norwich, CT
coming soon

Grasso Tech
Groton, CT

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