This afternoon we were pricing out a home to be delivered in southern Vermont and there was a Material Sur-Charge. Let’s face it, a Sur-Charge is a price increase. Typically, Sur-charges are a percentage of the material costs as compared to raising the cost of a specific piece of material a percentage is added. That dollar amount can easily be adjusted upward and/or downward simply by quickly changing the percentage amount.
As we all know the past month or two has seen a record breaking number of huge natural disasters. Several hurricanes have hammered US Territories in The Caribbean along with Florida and Texas. The scope and magnitude of these disasters have shocked all of us. Most recently it seems as though Puerto Rico is reeling from storm damage and now wild fires in California are destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of Americans.
In our recent discussions about insulation we mentioned that in vertical applications (exterior walls) we prefer to use Roxul “rock wool” insulation and in horizontal applications (the attic) we prefer sprayed in Cellulose. And on several occasions, we have walked away from sprayed in Foam.
Lately we have talked about Roxul insulation, Fiberglass insulation, and today let’s take a look at Cellulose. As you probably know Cellulose insulation is manufactured from news-paper that is headed for the land fill. If you are looking for an insulation product that:
Insulation is probably the most talked about part of preventing Heat Loss. And as we all know insulation comes in a wide variety of products such as:
As everyone knows we have been talking a lot about Heat Loss, the process where heat escapes from your home out into the cold. There are many ways that a well-built home loses heat but one of them is seldom thought about.
Lumber, the material that every home is built with, is an excellent conductor of heat. Look at your kitchen pots and pans, I’ll bet 90% of them are aluminum. The really good pots and pans also have a copper bottom.
Last week we talked about how many local builders are swamped with the huge amount of knowledge needed to keep up with the plethora of Building Codes. Modular homes are constantly inspected and are guaranteed to be 100% Compliant with all building codes! Included in our building process are Professional Engineers and Professional Architects. Do local builders have that depth of resources on their staff? I doubt it.
We have been talking about Energy Efficiency, Cold Air Penetration, Heat Recovery Ventilation systems, and a host of other Energy concerns all of which are very very important!
When you consider building your new home how much direct attention is paid to complying with all of the various Building Codes? Here at Vermont Modular Homes we believe there are basically two ways to build a home:
Yesterday we started a conversation about how an Heat Recovery Ventilation system will control the moisture in your home. Basically, the HRV will exhaust stale air from inside your home and bring in fresh air. The concept is really simple and I suppose you could accomplish the same thing by simply opening a window. But, when you open the window you are creating a huge hole in the building envelope and tons of warm air will escape. That would not be a good idea if you are trying to be energy conscious.
As fall approaches and winter is around the corner it is that time of year when we close the windows and try to seal our homes from winter’s harsh weather. Before you go ahead and close everything up for the winter it might be time to consider moisture control.
Ask yourself a couple questions about winter in your home: