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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
A long time ago, 1992 to be exact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, created the Energy Star program. Today appliances that are Energy Star Rated use upwards of 30% less energy. This EPA program has been so successful that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the entire EU have all adopted the Energy Star program.