Georgie Award Finalist - Best Certified Production Home
This is our 3rd installment of our 6 Georgie Award finalist homes. Earlier we showcased our entry in Best Certified Custom Home and are very proud to present our entry in Best Certified Production Home. This was a home we built to sell in the new Crumpit Woods subdivision in Squamish British Columbia. We were thrilled when this home sold just 10 days after the 1st open house.
What makes this home particularly special for us at RDC is that it was one of our 1st homes to be certified as a Holmes Approved Homes.
I hope you enjoy the description and photos below.
Sensitivity to site conditions and surrounding environments
As this home was built in a new Squamish subdivision there were few challenges in siting the home. The design was focused on minimizing the street presence and optimizing the amazing view south towards Howe Sound and The Chief. The large south facing All Weather windows beautifully capture the views and provide wonderful natural lighting.
The home nestled into a forest setting adjacent to a covenanted green space area; this lends a feel of privacy and serenity to what is otherwise a relatively dense neighborhood.
Construction practices and details of certification program chosen
The home has an EnerGuide rating of 85 and a tested air tightness of under 1.3 air changes per hour. The south west orientation of the home allowed for a passive solar design optimizing winter heat gains from the low sun angle. The home has a ducted Eneready Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV).
This was one of our 1st Holmes Approved Homes and achieved a Tier 2 certification. We were thrilled to have Mike and his Team visit us twice during the construction to help promote the befits of a Holmes Approved Home.
Energy Efficient Construction
The home is constructed to achieve high effective insulation values for the walls, windows, foundation and roof. An effective insulation value is the measure of thermal performance of the assembly as built rather than the R value that is advertised on the insulation package. For example, a bag of fiberglass insulation might advertise itself as having an R20 rating; when the insulation is placed in a wall and the reduced insulation value of the wood framing is considered the overall insulation value will drop to R16.
Effective insulation construction assemblies as follows:
- Wall – 6.5 inch Insulspan Structurally Insulated Panels with an additional R14 fiberglass insulation layer on the inside. giving an effective value of R30
- Roof – 8 inches of BASF WALL TITE spray foam for about an effective R value of R40
- Windows – All Weather Windows double glazed windows for an effective value of R 4
- Foundation – Logix ICF concrete forms, for an effective R value of R22
- Under-slab – 3 inches of spray foam insulation for an effective R value of R12
- R 40 Fortruss floor forming system for the garage floor creating a low cost auxiliary suite below
- A Quiet Mitsubishi cold climate heat pump for heating and cooling rated to -19 c
Innovation and design
Our goal when designing the home was to create both an efficient use of space and an efficient design that was easy and low cost to build. Designing an efficient layout allowed us to build a smaller home that feels much bigger. The savings from the simplified design allowed us to improve the effective insulation values, install the state of the art Mitsubishi cold climate heat pump and finish the home with quality fixtures, finishes and cabinets. Some of the features we are most proud of include:
- Open concept main living area with 10 foot ceilings and a spacious entrance with ample storage
- Great room design with living areas on main floor connected to spacious outdoor living space with great views
- Wide plank laminate throughout
- Spacious kitchen boasting a large double sided work island, Ceasarstone Waterfall countertop with eating bar, slide out pantry, multiple pot drawers, full height wine rack
- High window installation in dining area allows natural daylight, peekaboo view of sky, maintains privacy
- Lower floor bedrooms have 9’ ceilings, a cozy master suite with magnificent views and a private patio, large ensuite with soaker tub, walk in glass shower, double sink vanity, two other bedrooms with shared bath, laundry and mechanical room
If you would like to learn more about how to design and build durable, comfortable energy efficient homes please contact us, we love to talk about what we do!
Posted: Friday, December 04, 2015