Wyeth Architects, an architecture firm specializing in low-energy and passive house design, is pleased to announce that their project, The Legacy Theatre, has received a 2022 Sustainable Architecture Award from AIA Connecticut. The Branford, CT-based project received an Award of Merit in the Renovations, Adaptive Re-use, or Retro-fit category.

AIA Connecticut’s Sustainable Architecture awards program recognizes the efforts of licensed Connecticut architects who have developed and demonstrated ways to secure a more sustainable and environmentally thriving future. Equally important is the creation of durable, comfortable, and healthy spaces. The award raises awareness for the massive role played by construction, maintenance, and operations of the built environment.

The judges included Rachelle Ain, AIA, CPHC, WELL AP and Julie Janiski, co-Chairs of the Carbon Leadership Forum Boston; and, Paul Torcellini, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The judges commented, “While this building type typically has large overall energy demands, the Legacy Theatre demonstrates the effectiveness of a shared collective vision for sustainability goals and resulting benefits in reducing energy and carbon. The reuse of the existing building and its renovation alongside Passive House principles are two very prominent and exciting components of this project’s path to decarbonization. The project also offers a complete omission of fossil fuels on site, and sustainable material selections like local granite and wood.”