Opening of Connecticut’s fifth E-House,

Manchester - posted Oct, 22 2013

MANCHESTER - On Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m., Connecticut’s fifth E-House, a nationally-recognized educational initiative at Connecticut’s tech schools will open at Howell Cheney Technical High School, 791 West Middle Tpke., Manchester. Dr. Nivea Torres, interim superintendent of Connecticut Technical High School System; Jay Moran, Manchester's deputy mayor, state representitives and senators, as well as e-house program administrators from Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating and students that worked on the construction of the E-House at Cheney Tech will be available to discuss their experience. Considered the nation’s first “green” construction learning laboratories for high-school students, the E-House initiative provides a clean energy and energy efficiency curriculum and training for Connecticut’s Technical High School’s architectural, carpentry, electrical and plumbing students and faculty. Designed and built by students and faculty, each E-House incorporates solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, weatherization and energy efficiency labs in the design of the project. The E-House gives students the opportunity to conduct hands-on field work in these various labs, preparing them for a green career after graduation. Many students have obtained jobs or internships, or continued their studies in a relevant field as a result of their experience. The state’s first E-House was opened in September 2011 at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain. The E-House initiative is jointly funded by the Energy Efficiency Fund and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), with the goal of an E-House at each of the state’s 17 technical high schools. The nationally-recognized E-House initiative is administered by Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.

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