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Hamden, CT, 06518
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Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children!  A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd  for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and  built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.






This home was built with funding from Capital For Change (formerly known as the CT Housing Investment  Fund), a non-profit lending institution and a tax credit investment from Eversource Energy Company through the low income housing tax credit program. The home also includes an attached, two car garage and an “in-law” one bedroom apartment. “We thank all the wonderful partners that helped support and fund this project, Without the Eversource Energy Corporation and Capital For Change we could never have done it, noted Dale Kroop.




The home includes many significant energy conservation features including advanced framing exterior walls, shallow frost protected foundations,   Energy Star V3 certified with LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, U-Value   U = .17 / triple glazed windows, significant insulation, many green and recycled products, Low VOC materials such as paints, adhesives, glues, cabinetry, carpet and Space Heating and Cooling through a new split air source heat pump system. The new owner will add solar panels to take advantage of tax credits for the investment of a photovoltaic system. With the addition of the panels the home will be close to energy (cost) free.

The home was designed by Christopher Widmer Architects from Guilford and engineering services by Godfrey/Hoffman Associates. The home was built by Joseph Raffone and AAMSA, General Contractors from Hamden.  The project was completed on time and within budget.

The mortgage broker was Michael Bagley from the First World Mortgage Company. Banking services were provided to HEDC by Bankwell Bank. Legal Services provided by Cohen and Wolf PC and Palumbo and Delaura law firms.


The property was the previous location of a home which was remediated and demolished under the Newhall Residential remediation program which was completed in 2013. The funds for this home were raised to help to begin to rebuild the community.

“Moments like these are really special because we are beginning to see the community come full circle. There is nothing more important than bringing a new wonderful family like the Traynhams to Hamden to rebuild the community.  We welcome Rickey and Jessica and their children with open arms. Hamden needs new families to become the new generation of citizens who make a contribution to the Town and to enjoy our great Town services”, stated Dale Kroop, Executive Director of HEDC.

For more information about the Zero Energy House or the Hamden Economic Development Corporation, please visits the web page at


or the HEDC face book page at https://www.facebook.com/HEDC2012

or contact Dale Kroop at dkroop@hamden.com

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