Zero Energy Modular home arrives in Rutland

Rutland, VT

An innovative zero energy modular (ZEM) home that generates as much energy as it uses arrived in Rutland this week.

Area residents can get a firsthand look at the ZEM home this Saturday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Vermont Farmers Food Center, 251 West St., during a free open house. Attendees can find out how a heat pump heats and cools, see solar and battery storage in action, and learn about incentives and financing options available to Rutland-area residents interested in purchasing a ZEM home.

The ZEM home will remain at its Rutland location through Sept. 19. Starting next week regular open houses are scheduled for each Wednesday, 1-5 p.m. and each Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

The ZEM model home was built by Vermod, a Vermont company based in Wilder, VT. Featuring 10-inch thick walls, large, quiet windows, and an advanced ventilation system, the ZEM home delivers zero energy costs and a comfortable, affordable, healthy home.

Saturday’s open house will feature prizes and cold beverages. The event is in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Energy Education Program, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. For more information about the event contact Brad Long of Efficiency Vermont, at (802) 540-7714 or

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program for sustained excellence award for the last six consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to a more affordable, low carbon energy future through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at (888) 921-5990 or visit

Efficiency Vermont
Jeff Buell
Phone: (802) 540-7662