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Rutland Innovation Home Features 
Integrity Windows and Doors by Marvin


Photos courtesy of NBF Architects.

Want to win a brand new home of the future? Then write an essay about why you want to move to Rutland, Vermont. That’s right. It’s that simple. Vermont’s labor shortage inspired the area’s residents, businesses and politicians to create a draw to the area that is totally unique: build a brand new, energy-smart home and give it away to a new resident through an essay contest. This isn’t just any home either. It’s being touted as “Vermont’s Home of the Future” and locals know it as the Rutland Innovation Home.

The 1,500-square-foot traditional New England-style farmhouse will include three bedrooms, one and a half baths, a wide front porch, and the latest in energy technology and controls. NBF architect Edward Clark, the designer of the project, said the home combines classic New England style with building systems and materials that will make it incredibly comfortable, energy efficient, low maintenance and cost-effective to live in for a lifetime.



And, of course, it has a 7 Tide connection.


A.W. Hastings, the New England and eastern New York distributor for Marvin Windows and Doors who was the driving force behind Marvin at 7 Tide, has been asked to provide the windows and doors for this first-of-its-kind property.

“We are extremely pleased to be asked to provide all of the windows and a sliding glass door for the Rutland Innovation Home,” said Keenan Burns, Chief Operating Officer of A.W. Hastings & Co., distributor of Marvin Window and Door products in New England and eastern New York. “We believe that Integrity windows from Marvin Windows and Doors are ideal for Vermont weather and fit perfectly with the mission of this project.”

A. W. Hastings and their southern Vermont retail partner, r.k. Miles,  joined forces to ensure that the energy efficiency designed into this unique project literally doesn’t go out the window. The new owners will enjoy not only the deed to a mortgage-free, energy-smart home complete with solar panels, air-source heat pumps, a Tesla Powerwall and cutting-edge insulation package but also the peace of mind that Integrity windows and doors will help preserve energy.



Integrity windows and doors are constructed of Ultrex fiberglass, a patented material that outperforms vinyl, roll-form aluminum, and other fiberglass composites and is sometimes referred to as “quite possibly the perfect building material.” Integrity windows and doors, with their Ultrex construction, are built to perform in the face of the toughest elements and meet Energy Star standards. 

“We chose All Ultrex Integrity windows and doors for the Innovation Home specifically because they are low maintenance and include dual-pane glass with a Low E coating to reduce heat loss and cut energy costs in cold climates like Vermont,” said John Beeman, Vermont’s architectural/retail business development manager for A.W. Hastings. “In addition to the Low E coating, the Integrity windows chosen for this project have Argon gas between the panes of glass, which improves thermal performance, meaning it slows the movement of warm air escaping and cold air getting in.”



“Marvin Windows are typically our go-to at NBF Architects and the windows in this house are the same as those I’ve put into my own home,” Clark remarked. “Vermonters are very practical, expect good quality that will last for years at an affordable price and Integrity (from Marvin) delivers just that.”

More than 60 partners have come together to make this project a reality. “In addition to sharing the performance and energy efficiency of Integrity windows and doors with homeowners and contractors, we were also inspired to participate in the project when we discovered that part of its mission was to attract new residents to Vermont and encourage young people to enter the building trades,” said Miana Hoyt Dawson, marketing strategy manager at A.W. Hastings. “Our company has been integrated into communities around New England since it was founded here more than 150 years ago. In addition to our core business of supporting our network of retail partners with Marvin Windows and Doors, we continue to offer education and recruitment services because we believe we can be a key contributor in the development of the next generation coming into our industry. It is a pleasure when we have a chance to put that belief into action in the communities we serve by participating in a project like this.”



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June 18th is the final day to submit an entry to win the Rutland Innovation Home. Click here to enter.