Turn of Century Farm House
Celebrating the Past
This Turn of the Century Farm House has been a home for the past century. It is currently in the process of being retrofit so it can remain a comfortable and efficient home for many decades to come all while lowering energy costs.
Blown in Cellulose
Dry cellulose is used in retrofitting old homes and buildings by blowing the cellulose into holes drilled into the tops of the walls. It can also be blown into a new wall construction by using temporary retainers or netting that is clamped in place then removed once the cellulose has reached the appropriate density. This form of application does settle as much as 20% but the stated R-value of the cellulose is accurate after settling occurs. In addition, a dense-pack option can be used to reduce settling and further minimize air gaps. Dense-pack places pressure on the cavity, and should be done by an experienced installer. The Turn of the Century Farm House will be placing Dry Cellulose in the entire entire attic area, keeping heat inside the building and thus lowering energy costs. The above photo shows a Air intake box located in the attic. After the Insulation is places, this piece will be mostly covered.
When it's cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it's warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home. One advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. These systems much like the Turn of the Century Farm House, can be fit to function in multiple rooms, improving comfort as well as air circulation.
Air sealing is paramount to building a efficient thermal envelope. If your home Leaks air, that same air is taking heat with it. With poor air sealing, you are literally throwing Energy and Money out the Window. The Turn of the Century Farm House is undergoing the process of re-sealing the entire house to make sure warm air stays inside. Working in tandem with the air circulating heat pump, fresh air can come into the home without bringing the cold or hot air temperature in. Remember... Build it tight, Ventilate it Right!
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About the Builder
Sage Building Solutions was launched in March, 2010 with the intention of utilizing the green building and building science knowledge of founder Doug Poole’s past experience. Sage has built strong relationships with OPALCO and the local energy community with its commitment to bringing the energy load of our community down. To learn more about Sage Building Solutions Click Here