Heat Loss, the real enemy!

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.

Lumber quality is changing!

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.

Let’s take a look at building codes

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:

Here’s more about your NRV.

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.

How's the humidity in your home?

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:

Do you live in a well-built super insulated home?

Last week we introduced you to the potential problem that lurks in your home.  If you have purchased or built a really good home, one that includes:

  • Insulation that is done well and greatly restricts heat loss
  • Thermal barriers that keep the cold out
  • High performing/quality windows
  • A home that is built tight

Guess what?  You possibly have a big problem lurking in the background that can cause you problems.  Here’s what happens:

A new Vermont home.

Yesterday we had another home set on its permanent foundation.  This home is located in Southern Vermont up in the mountains.  You may recall seeing a post of ours last week when the home was delivered.  We received several email inquiries and phone calls with questions about this house.

Yesterday we set both of the modules on the foundation and assembled the ceiling and roof of the great room.  The front half of the house is going to be a fully vaulted ceiling and a wall of glass looking out at the view.

Are there problems with a super-insulated home?

For weeks now we have been talking about how to stop Heat Loss and how to stop Cold Air Penetration.  To make a very complicated topic easy to understand; to stop Heat Loss is a matter of sealing up a home and insulating it very well.  Or, in other words, we are going to make your new home Very Tight.  Remember, homes do not breath, you and I breath but not homes.

Yes, we called for a delivery.

On Thursday, we had a home delivered to Southern Vermont in a beautiful Mountain location.  Look at today’s photograph and you will see one of the trucks and in the background, is another truck.

This home will be a Chalet Style home with expansive glass to take in the view and beauty of the location.

Each home has a process that is followed and yesterday’s delivery is but one of several aspects of ordering a modular home.