Energy Efficient Model Home 2013
Doug Rye Energy Efficient Model Home
Construction has started on the new Doug Rye Energy Efficient Model Home.
The 1904 sq. ft home is being built by Signature Homes, Toby Bunch(870-926-2112).
It is located in the Valley View Area on 104 CR 425 Road, Jonesboro, AR.(Go a 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Lawson Road and South Culberhouse Road, turn right, house will be on the right.)
The home will feature many energy saving components and materials meeting the standards of nationally know energy efficient expert Doug Rye.
Doug Rye has guaranteed the average heating and cooling costs not to exceed $67 per month.
Back filling for the concrete slab.
With the back fill in and plumbing layed out, you will notice the hot water lines are insulated. This will save you on your water heating costs.
Now the concrete has been poured and walls are going up. A Seal Sealer has been installed on the bottom plate. This will stop any air leakage from coming in under the bottom plate.
All corners and T’s are built to allow insulation to go behind them. Convention methods do not allow insulation to be in the corner and Ts.
Roof decking is going up and this decking is different. It has a foil backing that will reflect the sun’s solar radiation and will keep the attic 30 to 50 degrees cooler in the summer, thus reducing cooling costs.
Now is the time to start caulking. You will need to caulk any area that air can enter into the home. Electrical, plumbing and any outside penetrations into the home must be caulked and sealed to prevent outside air infiltration.
More sealing and insulating.
Refrigerent lines seal at exterio walls.
ICAT(Insulation Contact Air Tight) recessed light fixtures have been installed. This will prevent any air infiltration coming through the light fixture and insulation can be place on and around the light as well.
All joints and connections on the metal duct work are sealed with Mastic paste or Mastic tape. This will make the duct work air tight eliminating any conditioned air to leak out. (Notice no flex duct allowed in a Doug Rye Home).
Duct work insulated with R-6 insulation.
Perimeter of slab being insulated with Styrofoam Board. This will keep the cold from coming into the home through the slab during the winter.
All cracks and wall penetrations have been sealed and cellulose insulation has been blown into the walls.
The cracks around the windows and doors have been filled with non-expanding foam. This will stop any air from entering around the double pane Low "E" windows.
To seal the windows even more, we have added a rubberized tape to the window frame and sheating before the siding is installed.
Super efficient windows were insyalled. Doug Rye recommends the windows to have a 0.30 or less u-value and a 0.30 or less SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient).
Sheet Rock is up and ready for paint.
12 inches of cellulose insulation in the attic.
High Efficient 15 SEER Air Source Heat Pump
Walls are painted. Floor stained and carpet is installed.
Insulated garge door
Blower Door and the Duct Blasting has been done on the home. It passed with no problems. A typical Doug Rye home will have air changes per house (ACH) averaging about 20 ACH. This home had 17 ACH. Which mean every hour 17% of the the air will be fresh air or leaks into the home. A typical home not Doug Rye will be 30 to 40 ACH or more. In the photo below is Bret Curry, energy marketing manager with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., setting up the duct blaster.
The cabinets are in and counter tops are set.