Near Zero Maine

Extremely Energy Efficient Building and Education

219 Stone Road

Vassalboro, ME 04989

207-266-4436

tfullam@roadrunner.com

NZM builder Tom Fullam has built the most efficient, low maintenance, affordable home in Maine.

- Maine's first Department of Energy-certified Challenge Home.

- $10 Monthly Utility Bill.

- 89% less energy is used for heating.

- at $175,000, this home is efficient AND affordable

NZM Concept Home


252 Mudget Hill Road

Vassalboro, ME 04989


Dept. of Energy Challenge Home, Vassalboro, ME

“It can’t be done.”

Those words were enough to motivate Tom Fullam of Vassalboro, Maine, to build his first high-performance house, the Near Zero Maine Concept Home. That home achieved a HERS score of 38 and earned him a 2011 silver Energy Value Housing Award from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.


But he knew he could do better. In 2013 he built a second, higher performing house, which has earned distinction as the first home in Maine to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home certification.


Read the case study at the DOE's Near Zero Maine II page. Below are some specs of both homes, be sure to visit the photo galleries.

A Less Expensive Way to Build:


With extra insulation, high performance windows and tight construction costing $7,000, you no longer need a $13,000 heating system. A $2,200 heat/ac system will do. This is the "Tipping Point." You have an extra $3,800 and will spend 2/3 less on future utility costs. Use your savings to add Renewable Energy and your home will pay almost all your utility costs.

Two bedroom, two bath, 1200 sq. ft.


Features:

   •   $10 monthly utility bill.

   •   Sits on 1 acre of rich, fertile farm land.

   •   Custom-built with a clean, clear design.

   •   All utilities are electric/solar.

   •   Located between the coast and ski resorts

   •   Easy commute to Augusta or Waterville


Low Maintenance:

   •   Standing Seam Roof- no snow build-up or ice jambs.

   •   Natural White Cedar Siding- never needs painting.

   •   Heating System - no annual servicing required.

   •   Air Conditioning - no annual servicing required.



Three bedroom, two bath, 1300 sq ft.


Features:

   •   $40 monthly utility bill.

   •   Sits on 1 acre of rich, fertile farm land.

   •   Custom-built with a clean, clear design.

   •   All utilities are electric/solar.

   •   Located between the coast and ski resorts

   •   Easy commute to Augusta or Waterville


Low Maintenance:

   •   Standing Seam Roof- no snow build-up or ice jambs.

   •   Natural White Cedar Siding - never needs painting.

   •   Heating System - no annual servicing required.


DOE-certified Challenge Home


219 Stone Road

Vassalboro, ME 04989