Energy Awareness Month Update
When constructing a house, homeowners requesting specific energy efficient products for the building envelope can gain long-lasting energy savings. Energy Awareness Month in October serves as an important time for consumers and builders to research and select the most sensible, energy-efficient materials for home construction.
A home’s building envelope consists of the materials creating the “outer shell” of a structure. These generally consist of the walls, doors, windows and roof — but the home always begins with a foundation. Selecting the right one can help homeowners save on energy bills throughout the year.
“Every home starts with a foundation so it’s critical to select a reliable one,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls®. “Precast concrete foundations can help ward off heat loss plus provide more comfortable living space in the home. Constructed with 5” of interior insulation and reinforced with steel, Xi PlusTM foundations serve as the first step in constructing an ENERGY STAR® qualified home.”
The dependable Xi Plus foundations were recently used to launch two This Old House® projects in Rhode Island. According to Jeff Sweenor, builder for both homes, the Superior Walls system played an important role in the construction of the houses.
“The Superior Walls foundation in the THIS OLD HOUSE® 2018 IDEA HOUSE provides added living space for the future homeowners,” says Sweenor, president and CEO of Sweenor Builders. “In addition to a storage area, we’ve created a home theatre, gym and sauna room in the basement. As a bonus, the sturdy foundation is also extremely energy efficient.”
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