LED Lighting & New Home Construction

LED lighting is helping to make our new home building projects more energy-efficient than ever before. As LED lighting options have become more abundant and affordable, it is utilized almost exclusively throughout our new home building projects in various applications. Whether selecting LED bulbs for lighting fixtures, LED bulb/trim inserts for recessed lighting, or LED “ribbon” accent … Read More

As Seen in “Maine Home & Design” Magazine

One of our recent projects has been featured in the Architecture issue of “Maine Home & Design Magazine.” Please follow the following link to review the article. Architecture: By Design Construction: Greg Fitzpatrick, Custom Home Builder Structural Engineering: Becker Structural Engineers Landscape Architecture: Terrence J. DeWan & Associates Photography: Randolph Ashey 

A Cure for Thermal Bridging

We have utilized several strategies to combat thermal bridging. The heat loss transfer occurs through the connection between conditioned and unconditioned space by framing lumber. We have recently utilized a relatively new product is the ZIP R-Sheathing from Huber Wood, the Advantech floor/wall/roof sheathing maker. ZIP R-Sheathing combines the popular ZIP System sheathing and continuous foam insulation available … Read More

Blower Door Test Update #2

A second blower door test was recently conducted on our current new home construction project. This test was done after completing the insulation installation to ensure that we had sealed the shell adequately. Our initial test result was 1.89 ACH/50 before air sealing and insulation completion. The second test result was 1.62ACH/50. My first reaction was a disappointment, having utilized … Read More