Build Energy Efficiency Into Every House
Claude St. Hilaire of Home Energy Group in Sourth Carolina says:
“Builders using the TallWall OSB wall sheathing will see a significant reduction in air leakage into the home. By minimizing the sheathing joints, we have seen blower door testing on homes using the TallWall system with fiberglass batt insulation approach the air leakage rates on homes using spray foam insulation.”
Energy savings driving green movement
Today’s savvy homebuyers want lower utility bills. In fact, energy efficiency is one of the key factors driving the green building movement. The EPA estimates that the average household spends about $2,200 annually on energy to heat and cool air. To homebuyers, going green – for all its environmental benefits – also translates into cost effectiveness. A recent study revealed that 73% of consumers are embracing green “to reduce my bills/control costs” vs. the 26% who said it was to “lessen my impact on the environment.”
Note: Building in Florida to the FGBC (Florida Green Building Certification)? The FGBC has accepted TallWall’s reduction in air leakage for additional points under the “Innovative” ideas section. Be sure to use TallWall or Windstorm and include that in your forms.
A better way to meet Energy Codes: Using raised heel/energy trusses and TallWall OSB Sheathing is a great way to take advantage of the Energy codes that allow lower insulation R-values in attics if the full depth of the insulation extends to the outside of the top plate without compression and you can use a nailing pattern to eliminate hurricane straps. It just makes sense. See the features and benefits section for more information. Please read the APA product report PR-N133 in the product documents section for detailed information.
Comfort, Safety And Resale Value On Homebuyers’ Minds
Homebuyers have become more mindful of the moisture-related problems that can develop in a house. They want better indoor air quality and improved resale value. Air leakage decreases the comfort of a residence by allowing moisture, cold or hot drafts, and unwanted noise to enter, and air infiltration can reduce indoor air quality by permitting dust and airborne pollutants into the home. TallWall can reduce wall air leakage up to 60%.
Builders who take these concerns seriously stand to benefit significantly – simply by delivering a better house for the money. Click here for the features and benefits of TallWall Wall Sheathing.