Posts Tagged HERS

Mannan Home achieves a HERS Rating of 39

The Mannan Home was built to be energy efficient with the use of BuildBlock ICFs. The Mannan Home was built using three rating systems:  The local utility’s REMC Touchstone Energy standard, The Energy Star Five Star + standard and the NAHB Gold Standard. The home achieved a HERS rating of 39 and was the most efficient structure built in Indiana under the Touchstone program in 2008. About the Project This project was designed and constructed with the mainstreaming of ICF technology in mind. The realization that the use of ICFs would not interfere with interior or exterior finishes and can be integrated


White Paper: The ICF Effect

Continuous R-Value, reduced air infiltration and thermal mass all make up the ICF Effect New energy codes, higher fuel prices, and colder winters have all contributed to an increased awareness of energy efficient construction. For consumers and builders, this means a stronger focus on increased “R-value” of the building envelope. Understanding the history of code prescribed R-value will give perspective of this measurement as it is used today. Prior to the oil crisis in the 1970’s, energy was cheap and little focus was placed on insulation, as evidenced by the lack of any insulation in “midcentury” homes. The skyrocketing fuel prices triggered a


New City, New York home demonstrates BuildBlock ICFs are perfect for special needs

Choosing Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) for one of the most important investments in your life brings peace of mind, safety, and security for you and your family. ICFs allow you to build whatever design you require without compromising energy efficiency, life safety, and comfort. The Mastropolo home in New City, New York home demonstrates BuildBlock ICFs are perfect for special needs. The Mastropolo home is a 3,500 square foot ranch style residential home featuring 12-foot ceilings on the main level and 10-foot 4-inch ceilings in the basement. It features a 3 car garage with a bonus room.The most striking component of the design of


Sandown, New Hampshire Home

ICF Builder: McGregor Chadwick, Northstar Contractors New Hampton, New Hampshire, The Home Located on a small lake in southern New Hampshire and offering peaceful views from its privately positioned outdoor living room, this gorgeous open concept home was designed with preservation of the native landscape in mind. Offering main level living, beautiful hand milled native New Hampshire black oak wide plank flooring, a great room with cathedral ceilings, a 16-foot floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, a grand wrought iron staircase leading to a top floor loft with a view that takes your breath away, custom cherry kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops with a


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