Construction 05

Construction 05

As a home is being built, regardless of the style of home, it all starts with the framing which is the lumber assembled together to create floors, walls, ceilings, and the roof.

Lumber, actually its correct name is dimensional lumber, comes a wide variety of sizes all of which translate into strength.  For many years virtually all homes were built completely out of lumber that is 2" by 4", two inches wide by four inches deep. In 1972 the world and in particular the United States suffered through the Energy Crisis.  It was at that point that residential construction changed completely from 2x4" houses to 2x6" houses for the single reason it would allow for more insulation.

The vast majority, the overwhelming majority of homes today are built using 2x6" framing and fiberglass insulation.  As the framing goes up it is all built with the lumber installed 16" on center.  This means that every sixteen inches there is another piece of dimensional lumber to create the floor, walls, or roof.  Virtually every home uses fiberglass insulation that has an R-Value of R-21.  The R-Value of insulation is a measure of how much resistance (R) the insulation creates to stop heat loss during the winter.  So, the higher the R-Value the better the insulation.

Through a series of building techniques Vermont Modular Homes creates an exterior wall with an R-Value of R-40 not R-21 that is typical.  Yes, we contend we build The Most Energy Efficient Home in Vermont.  

Very recently we are slowly shifting our framing techniques away from 16" o.c. to 24" o.c.  Did you know that lumber is a material that rapidly transfers heat?  The framing lumber in a home conducts heat away from the home, it is a source of significant Heat Loss.  So, if we build a home with less lumber it will loose less heat.  When we use either 2x8" or 2x10" lumber is it perfectly strong enough so the less we use the more energy efficient your home will be.

In the kitchen we use aluminum pots and pans because aluminum transmits heat beautifully; it does exactly what you want.  If you are trying to cut back on heat loss you should use materials that reduce the transmission of heat.  That is exactly what Vermont Modular Homes does. We truly believe we build The Most Energy Efficient Home in Vermont.

Call us and start the conversation about your new home!  Both of us are ready and willing to help you.

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