BRISTOL VILLAGE COHOUSING
Bristol, VT

BRISTOL VILLAGE COHOUSING
Bristol, VT

SIZE
18,750 sf (all structures)


YEAR COMPLETED

2017


CONSTRUCTION PARTNER

Stewart Construction, Inc., Contractor


AWARDS

2018 Efficiency Vermont Best of the Best, Residential New Construction Affordability Merit Award

2018 Preservation Trust of Vermont Honor Award

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Susan Teare

Jim Mendell

Innovation and Sustainability Features

BRISTOL VILLAGE COHOUSING

Bristol, VT

A community within a community, BVCH offers fourteen dwelling units in three multi-family buildings and five new single-family cottages on 2+ acres within steps of Bristol’s bustling Main Street. VIA worked with BVCH to renovate three historic homes (c. 1860’s and earlier) along North Street and build a similar style structure that respects the street context (see Historic Places for more details). Renovations ranged from simple upgrades to full reconstruction. VIA helped the cooperative-structured community make long-term and best-value decisions around sustainability and energy efficiency.

In addition to upgrades at 8 North Street, VIA used modern building science for project-wide energy efficiency. Many south-facing windows take advantage of passive solar gain. Comprehensive air sealing, air-tight triple-glazed windows, electric and heat pump hot water heating, heat recovery ventilation, and air-source heat pump heating systems combine to provide affordable strategies for smart energy use. Standing seam metal roofs with southern exposure accommodate rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems, offsetting 25-30% of the community’s energy consumption. All of the newly constructed buildings meet Efficiency Vermont’s High Performance Home standard.

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