BILL REED'S SUSTAINABLE BUILDING PRACTICES
Based on Super Good Sense framing, this system uses a simple, consistent building approach for cost and energy efficiency. For about 15 years, I’ve been building sustainably. These practices minimize extra trimmers, headers and king studs and use centerline wall construction where possible.
Our homes minimize heat loss by super insulation and an air infiltration barrier. These super insulated homes perform better and cost less to build.
Here’s how we do it:
All outside walls are sheet rocked before interior walls are constructed (where possible) to minimize air infiltration and cold spots. The major source of heat loss and discomfort is cold air flowing from outside through cracks in walls, light sockets, electric plugs and around windows and doors. Envelope Construction eliminates this heat loss. Ambient heated homes use envelope construction.
An energy efficient home needs a group of sophisticated mechanisms working together as a system to reduce heat loss Heat is lost through two ways: infiltration and heat transfer. Infiltration is the flow of air through cracks, joints and unintentional openings. Heat transfer occurs from conduction, convection and radiation.
- We put extra foam insulation on exterior walls when only one layer of foam is required under the siding. .
- Ducts are in heated by interior walls so they don’t lose heat.
- We use 5/8 inch sheet rock for extra insulation and strength Instead of the required ½ inch.
- We use triple glazed windows, with.20 U Value, when only double pane are required.
Heating and Ventilation System
As fresh air is introduced from outside, an equal amount of air from inside is drawn into a plastic core which is filled with sheets of something resembling plastic honeycomb and exchanged with the fresh air. The incoming air is warmed by the outgoing air from opposite sides of the honeycomb. If more heat is needed, you turn up the thermostat and a blower in a box above the hot water heater adds heat. A cooling coil in the fan unit kicks in as needed.
Reed Green System Products
Results: Blueberry’s low HERS modeling score, required by LEED, supports claim of 90% savings on energy costs.