Modular Zero Energy: BrightBuilt Home

Stacey Rothgeb, Robb Aldrich, Karla Butterfield, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Kaplan Thompson Architects (KTA) has specialized in sustainable, energy-efficient buildings, and they have designed several custom, zero-energy homes in New England. These zero-energy projects have generally been high-end, custom homes with budgets that could accommodate advanced energy systems. In an attempt to make zero energy homes more affordable and accessible to a larger demographic, KTA explored modular construction as way to provide high-quality homes at lower costs. In the mid-2013, KTA formalized this concept when they launched BrightBuilt Home (BBH). The BBH mission is to offer a line of architect-designed, high-performance homes that are priced to offer substantial savings off the lifetime cost of a typical home and can be delivered in less time. For the past two years, CARB has worked with BBH and Keiser Homes (the primary modular manufacturer for BBH) to discuss challenges related to wall systems, HVAC, and quality control. In Spring of 2014, CARB and BBH began looking in detail on a home to be built in Lincolnville, ME by Black Bros. Builders. This report details the solution package specified for this modular plan and the challenges that arose during the project.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages39
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, Norwalk, Connecticut

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-65299

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102016-4800


  • air sealing
  • air-source heat pumps
  • Building America
  • CARB
  • cold climate
  • Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
  • continuous drainage plane
  • double-framed wall on 2x8 plate
  • energy-efficient
  • exterior rigid insulation
  • modular
  • New England
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • roof deck insulation
  • Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
  • sustainable
  • SWA
  • Zero Energy Ready Homes


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