Efficient SIPs Laneway House in Vancouver

Laneway houses, like this one on 19th and Slocan, seem to flourish in Vancouver.  This is another contemporary, small home by Lanefab, which is the firm behind the Mendoza and Net-Zero Solar laneway houses.  The 800 square-foot home (including a 200 square-foot flex-garage) shelters a young couple that built the property on their parent’s property — an intergenerational phenomenon made possible with flexible laneway zoning.

The SIP-panel home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and an in-floor soaker tub in the living room covered with acrylic.

Lanefab built the home with structural insulated panels, including R40 walls, Cascadia triple-glazed windows, triple-glazed aluminum-clad fir doors, Watercycles drainwater heat recovery, a Daikin air-source heat pump, and home automation, etc.  Plus, it rated 87 under the EnerGuide program, which is among the top-five most efficient homes registered in Vancouver, according to Lanefab.

[+] More photos of the construction of this Lanefab House.

Photo credits: Tordia Images.

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Timber Frame Cabin Built on a Waterfront

It’s been a couple years since we last checked in on the work of Seattle-based FabCab, a company that makes prefab and kit-built, eco-friendly homes and accessory dwelling units.  Short for “fabulous cabin,” FabCab has several timber-frame houses under construction in Washington and recently shared photos of this two-level cabin on Camano Island.  It has a timber frame, SIP panels, and a soaring water-front wall of windows.

FabCab frames are CNC milled with douglas fir in a factory and labeled for assembly.  Once the timber frame is assembled, dual-pane windows and pre-cut structural insulated panels are installed (R24 walls, R40 roof).  The roof is a 24-gauge, standing steam metal.

Inside the home, FabCab assembles a package of Energy Star appliances, bamboo flooring, water-saving fixtures, non-slip cork tile bathroom flooring, recycled-content countertops, and telescoping pocket doors, etc.  The result is an open plan with high ceilings and ample natural light.

FabCab has home designs from about 550 square feet to 1,400 square feet, not counting custom projects, and pricing from about $95,000 through $172,000, respectively, not including delivery, permitting, site prep, foundation, or contractor assembly.  The construction phase generally takes less than three months.

[+] More photos of this timber-frame Fabcab on Camano Island.

Credits: Fabcab. 

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East Coast Passivhaus with a Green Roof

As of today, the first house designed and built to the Passivhaus standard in Arlington is now on the market.  The million-dollar home — referred to as the Arlington Passivhaus — was built by Southern Exposure Homes, a builder run by brothers Eric and Roger Lin, with an emphasis on airtightness and energy efficiency.  But there’s also a 700-square-foot green roof, contemporary interior finishes, and landscape that reduces stormwater runoff.

Arlington Passivhaus was built with Neopor EPS SIPs, Intus triple-pane windows, and an exterior of fiber cement, precast concrete, and synthetic stucco (EIFS).

The interior is outfitted with Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, LED and CFL lighting, an energy recovery ventilator, a heat-pump water heater, mini-split HVAC system, low- and zero-VOC paints and adhesives, bamboo floors, and no-added formaldehyde cabinets, etc.

If you’re into the technical detail, Southern Exposure Homes shared an abundance of photos from construction on everything relating to air sealing, window installation, and other aspects of pursuing Passivhaus requirements.  In case you were wondering, Arlington Passivhaus tested favorably with 0.52 ACH @ 50 Pascals.

Southern Exposure Homes retained Zavos Architecture + Design for the design and Scott Brinitzer Design Associates for the landscaping.

The home has about 3,800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a two-car garage.  The garage is EV ready and the roof is solar ready.

Arlington Passivhaus just hit the market under ML #AR7862601 with a current asking price of $1,249,900.  There’s an open house this Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 1-4 pm, for anyone in the Arlington/D.C. area — the green home is located at 4616 8th Street S., Arlington, Virginia, 22204.

[+] More about Arlington Passivhaus by Southern Exposure Homes.

Credits: Southern Exposure Homes.

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Behind the Scenes at Sett Studio [Video]

I’ve seen a ton of interest in these panel-built structures by Sett Studio, so I thought it’d be appropriate to share a short video for your viewing pleasure.  In the video, these Austin-based builders share details of the construction, materials, and installation of a typical Sett Studio.  Mike Speciale of Sett Studio also talks about why they use SIP construction and how they’ve tweaked shou-sugi-ban to treat their siding.  For the pretty photos, check the original Sett and the twin Setts.

[+] More information about Sett Studio structures from Austin.

Credits: Sett Studio.

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Active House Specification Migrates to U.S.

It’s time to welcome a new green building protocol with the arrival of the Active House specification in the United States.  The specification gets a big test with this home, called Active House USA, which will be the first Active House in the country when finished.  It’s designed by Jeff Day & Associates and will be built by Hibbs Homes and Verdatek Solutions in St. Louis to test the new specification in a mixed climate.  Here’s a little more about Active House and this 2,500 square foot home.

First and foremost, Active House is a “target framework for how to design and renovate buildings that contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment and the use of renewable energy,” according to the specification published by Active House Alliance.

An Active House is designed to the Trias Energetica concept — first reduce energy demand, then source renewable energy, and finally use fossil fuels as efficiently as possible, if necessary.

In addition, the specification has an indoor climate component that relates to lighting, views, thermal environment, indoor air quality, and noise and acoustics, as well as an environment component that relates to energy consumption, water consumption, and cultural and ecological context.

All of these will be put to the test in Active House USA, which will be built with Insulpan SIPs, triple-glazed windows, zero- and low-VOC paints and finishes, an ERV, a high-efficiency furnace, and reclaimed materials.

For extra measure, the project team will also pursue four certifications: Energy Star, EPA Indoor airPlus, Building America Builder’s Challenge, and the National Green Building Standard, according to the Structural Insulated Panel Association.  I’ll follow the project and provide updates in the future.

[+] More about energy efficient Active House USA in Webster Groves.

Credits: Jeff Day & Associates (top); Active House Alliance.

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Net-Zero SIPs Laneway House with Solar

When I first mentioned the Mendoza Laneway House, it was one of the first laneway homes in Vancouver under the city’s EcoDensity program.  The company behind that efficient SIPs home, Lanefab, and its partners, designer Bryn Davidson and builder Mat Turner, have been busy and recently completed the first Net-Zero Solar Laneway House on a corner lot at 57th and Vivian.  It’s beautiful inside and out.

The home features a warm exterior palette of black rock stucco and cedar and was built with triple-glazed Cascadia windows, 1′ thick SIPs, and 18′ multi-fold doors that create a nice connection between the great room and the outdoor patio.

Other green features include LED lighting (95% of all lighting), a 500-gallon rainwater collection tank, WaterCycles drain water heat recovery, a Venmar high-efficiency HRV, an air-source heat pump for space heating and water, and a Cent-a-Meter whole house energy monitor.

In addition, the home is net-zero energy with the help of a solar photovoltaic array of 12 panels.  The system generates extra power in the summer, which is sold to the grid, and draws on the surplus during cold winter months.

The home has one bedroom, two bathrooms, and 1,020 square feet.  The total construction cost was about $320,000, which Davidson assures me is affordable for the likes of Vancouver.

As with other Lanefab projects, this home was documented with tons of construction and other product photos in a Facebook album.

[+] More about this Net Zero Solar Laneway House in Vancouver.

Credits: Dylan Doubt Photograph; Lanefab (floor plans).

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Craftsman Style Home Gets a Gold Award

This is the Far Reach House and Gold Award winner in the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Awards by the NAHB Research Center.  The program honors builders and remodelers who incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction, and marketing of their homes, and this home was built in Olympia, Washington by Scott Homes with some high-performance features to go with a traditional design.

Far Reach House was built with an 8″ stem-wall with 10″ SIPs flooring (R39), 10″ SIPs walls (R39), 12″ SIPs roofing (R47), and triple-glazed Energy Star windows (U-value of 0.11-0.15, SHGC of 0.46).  The blower-door test came in at 0.65 ACH at 50 Pascals, while the HERS Index came in at 39.

Scott Homes also incorporated a ductless mini-split, HRV (with ducts only in conditioned space), a tankless on-demand water heater, and Energy Star refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, and lights (32 CFLs, and 2 LEDs).  The builder expects that this home can be heated for about $70 total per year.

The owners open their mornings on the large porch, according to Scott Homes, and enjoy other eco-friendly materials in the 2,100 square-foot abode, such as PaperStone countertops, sustainably harvested ipe flors, locally harvested and milled western hemlock trim, wool carpeting, and Marmoleum floors.

[+] More about the Far Reach House from Scott Homes, Inc.

Credits: Aaron Barna Photography.

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SIPs Insulated Dog Houses at the Top of the Market

Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 21, 2006

At USA-Canine-Houses, we know how important our pets are in our lives. They are always sad to see us leave and happy to see us return home. Our pets enrich our lives to a great extent. They become part of our family and are our best friends. They ask very little from us. A place to sleep, good food and a welcome pat on the head is what they live for.

They will never do us wrong, and are always there with that wagging tail and a happy view of life. It is no wonder that here, at USA-Canine-Houses, we are

concerned with the safety and comfort of our friends.

Our insulated doghouses give the utmost in protection from the freezing winters and the blazing summers. They are built with the finest materials available and are quite reasonably priced for the protection they offer to our best friends.Optional accessories can be installed that make USA-Canine-Houses the absolute best living quarters that your best friend or friends deserve.

Product Value:

Our custom doghouses are built using the highest quality materials in the industry. We start with select grade spruce wood framing and the highest qualityReflectix insulation on all wall, roof and gable panels. These panels are primed inside to prevent moisture penetration and sealed with an environmentally safe wood preservative on the outside.Our doghouse panels are lightweight and stronger than any other wood construction technology.

We finish our doghouses with two coats of Sherwin William’s Super paint. This high quality UV resistant 20-year outdoor paint paint provides a beautiful satin sheen. Our additional insulation option brings the highest insulation value per package size in the industry and contains the following benefits:

1. Is waterproof and non-absorbent.

2. Provides Class A/Class 1 fire rated protection.

3. Provides 19 DB Soundproofing.

4. Convenient flange tabs on sides.

5. Does not mildew or promote fungus growth.

6. Does not provide nesting for birds, rodents or insects.

7. Is safe for pets as there are no fibers to breath or cause skin irritation.

8. Has more insulation value than 6 inches of common mass insulation products.

9. Reflects 97% Radiant Heat.

10. R-Value of 14.5