Over the next few months I’ll be showcasing the construction of a new home from the foundation to finish, Total House Construction Series. One of the interesting aspects of this new home will be all the energy efficient design features. There’s a very good chance this house will be certified as an Energy Star home or a LEED home.
There are two energy efficient design features I’d like to focus on; triple pane energy efficient windows and cellulose insulation.
Triple Pane Vinyl Windows
We will be installing Harvey Tribute Windows in the new home. The owner has decided to choose the Harvey Tribute window with the High Performance package. These windows offer triple pane design with three panes of glass with a Low-E coating, and both airspaces contain Krypton gas for superior energy efficiency. Similar to Argon gas, Krypton gas is much heavier than air, making it more difficult for warm or cold air to pass through.
In addition these windows have closed-cell foam filled vinyl sashes and frames. The foam helps create even better energy efficiency and reduced sound transmission. The Tribute Window also comes with Guardian’s ClimaGuard SPF™UV protection – eliminates over 99% of damaging UV rays, providing a fade protection factor (FPF) of greater than 50.
Nu-Wool Spray-in-Place Cellulose
This home will also use the Nu-Wool Spray-in-Place cellulose for the wall cavities. Nu-Wool cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers making it a very Green Building product. All Nu-Wool Premium Insulation products are made with a boron-based, E.P.A. registered fungicide, which makes the insulation resistant to mold. The real beauty of this product is the installation method. The Nu-Wool cellulose is blown into wall cavities while it’s damp. The product is then scraped down until it’s flush with the face of the framing studs. By blowing the cellulose into the cavity most voids are completely filled. This method is MUCH more effective than traditional fiberglass insulation. Spray-in-Place cellulose insulation provides an effective R-value of 21 for walls framed 16 inches on center.
These two energy efficient design features combined with a high efficiency propane boiler will make this home a very energy efficient new structure. Keep an eye out for future posts or sign up for my feed so you can follow this exciting project.