Addison County Community Trust, Cathedral Square Corp. Open Net-Zero Affordable Housing Development in Vermont


Located in Waltham, Vt., McKnight Lane features 15 net-zero energy affordable housing homes configured into seven duplexes. (Rendering credit: Pill Maharam Architects)

WALTHAM, VT. — Development partners Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square Corp. have redeveloped a formerly unoccupied manufactured home park in Waltham into McKnight Lane, Vermont’s first net-zero affordable housing community. The $3.6 million community features 15 net-zero energy homes configured into seven duplexes with 12 two-bedroom layouts and two three-bedroom layouts. The homes are available for households with incomes at or below 50 percent and 60 percent of the area median income.

The homes incorporate the latest in energy-efficiency design and technology, including a high-performance building envelope, cold climate heat pumps and a state-of-the-art ventilation system. Additionally, each home is designed to have its total energy usage, including heating, cooling, domestic hot water, appliances and plug demands, met by a 6 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic array, and each home features a 6 kWh AC sonnen smart solar energy system for backup power.

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