Greg Fitzpatrick, Inc.
Custom Home Builder
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These innovative new Energy Star products improve overall energy efficiency at a low cost.
We have been fortunate to work with Bruce B. Butler AIA on several projects which he has designed to be extremely energy efficient, responsible to the environment, as well as beautiful and a pleasure to live in. It is great to collaborate with an architect and with homeowners who share our interest for sustainable construction.
As Maine home builders build tighter building envelopes to save energy, we must address the effect of this “tight” construction on indoor air quality
A great product that we have discovered and are currently utilizing is the Panasonic WhisperComfort™ ERV Bath Fan Similar to a whole house air exchanger but at a much lower cost, these units exchange stale indoor air with fresh air while retaining heat inside the house. They install in each bath and collectively facilitate a healthful air exchange in the building envelope.
Triple Guard™ sill sealer from Protecto is the first sill seal product which not only seals the sill plate/foundation joint, but has a unique "T" shape to also adhere to and seal the sheathing and the exterior foundation wall
When Triple Guard™ was tested at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the product scored a 91.7% reduction in air leakage compared to conventional foam sill sealers. Maine home builders should consider this new product to help make all new homes exceptionally energy efficient, comfortable and safe.
There are a number of excellent insulation products available today. For us however, one stands out as being the best value as it balances performance and cost:
CertainTeed's Optima® Blown in Fiberglass Blanket or BIB system effectively eliminates gaps and voids and maintains full contact with all six sides of a wall cavity as recommended by Energy Star Thermal Bypass guidelines
The BIB system will not settle over time, has no added moisture, and will not promote mold growth. When utilized with advanced framing techniques, diligent wall sealing methods, and insulated sheathing, we achieve tight wall assemblies with high R-values which manage moisture effectively.
Building science case studies have shown us how potentially damaging moisture driven by wind and vaporized by solar gain will enter exterior wall assemblies. Maine builders should include a drainage plane in wall systems behind the exterior siding to properly manage moisture intrusion.
GreenGuard RainDrop® is a woven housewrap with water drainage channels that move bulk water down to the base of the exterior wall. Vertical cords every few centimeters along the face of the housewrap create drainage channels that divert water straight down. Additionally, RainDrop® housewrap keeps the siding dry as the drainage channels facilitate airflow along the exterior of the wrap.
We are currently utilizing this product as an added measure to ensure that wall systems remain dry and tight to weather.
Utilized together with RainDrop® housewrap, COR-A-VENT Siding Vent System completes the drainage plane allowing any wind driven or solar driven moisture to drain from behind exterior siding to prevent potential moisture related issues and damage
We install 7/16" vent strips at the bottom of the wall sheathing that facilitate a starter strip for clapboard siding. A screen prevents insects from entering the wall assembly.
We have specified geothermal heating systems featuring the ClimateMaster Tranquility Heat Pump on numerous projects. The low energy consumption of these environmentally friendly systems will save our clients significantly over their lifetimes.
Another great product which we are using frequently is Huber Wood
“ZIP system R Sheathing”.
This product has evolved from the very popular ZIP system wall and roof sheathing and is a one-step solution to add either ½ or 1 foam insulation to achieve R values of R-3.6, and R-6.6 to the wall system, and more importantly to address heat loss through thermal bridging.
ZIP System Stretch Tape is the best window/door opening preparation flashing tape that we have utilized. As its name implies it is super stretchy and is also super sticky, even in colder weather allowing it to be applied easily.
It is our pleasure to work with Royal River Heat Pumps of Freeport Maine to include high efficiency ducted and ductless Mitsubishi Heat Pump systems in many of our projects. These systems provide very efficient year round comfort to our homeowner clients.
We were recently asked to include a whole house fan installation on one of our new home construction projects.
We found a great energy efficient product that provides whole house cooling in warm weather, and does not contribute to cold air infiltration during the heating season.
Additional energy efficient products can also be found at the Tamarack Technologies website.