Topic: Construction Updates

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    Insulation and Air Sealing

    We have used spray foam and gun foam to seal the building envelope and prevent air from passing through.  The building envelope is an important element in helping to isolate indoor and outdoor air spaces. (...)
    Posted: Nov 10, 2010

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    Framing

    Framing of our NKOTB House is going well. We have employed advanced framing techniques such as ladder tee’s and 2 stud corners to minimize material usage and maximize insulation space. Our manufactured floor trusses help (...)
    Posted: Oct 9, 2010

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    Radiant In-Floor Heat

    The slab insulation, wire, and, vapor barrier have been installed. We choose to insulate under the entire slab which is not at all common. This extra insulation enhances the home’s energy efficiency and comfort. On (...)
    Posted: Sep 15, 2010

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    Footer Excavation

    Groundbreaking for the NKTOB House. The creation begins with just one shovel of earth. (...)
    Posted: Aug 25, 2010

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    The Plans Emerge

    After countless hours of design and collaboration, the plans for our newest home are coming together. We’ve even asked the neighbors to provide their input through a series of meetings with residents of the community. (...)
    Posted: Jun 25, 2010

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    Testing

    Testing is an integral part of LEED certification. The H-1 House was tested for air tightness of the building envelope and the duct system. Here a “blower door” apparatus and a “duct blaster” are hooked up to the (...)
    Posted: Mar 17, 2010

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    Water Heater and Plumbing Manifold

    Our water heater has been installed. It is electrically powered but uses a heat pump to make the water hot. Results: 62% more efficient. A little R2-D2? Our plumbing manifold has also been installed. This (...)
    Posted: Dec 12, 2009

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    Cabinets Installed

    Cabinets and appliances have been installed. Flat maple panels provide simple clean lines. (...)
    Posted: Dec 10, 2009

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    Driveway Installation

    The driveway has been excavated and installation of materials has begun. Twelve inches of VDOT #57 stone and clean masonry sand have been compacted in lifts. This material will allow storm water to easily penetrate (...)
    Posted: Dec 7, 2009