This is the Far Reach House and Gold Award winner in the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Awards by the NAHB Research Center. The program honors builders and remodelers who incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction, and marketing of their homes, and this home was built in Olympia, Washington by Scott Homes with some high-performance features to go with a traditional design.
Far Reach House was built with an 8″ stem-wall with 10″ SIPs flooring (R39), 10″ SIPs walls (R39), 12″ SIPs roofing (R47), and triple-glazed Energy Star windows (U-value of 0.11-0.15, SHGC of 0.46). The blower-door test came in at 0.65 ACH at 50 Pascals, while the HERS Index came in at 39.
Scott Homes also incorporated a ductless mini-split, HRV (with ducts only in conditioned space), a tankless on-demand water heater, and Energy Star refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, and lights (32 CFLs, and 2 LEDs). The builder expects that this home can be heated for about $70 total per year.
The owners open their mornings on the large porch, according to Scott Homes, and enjoy other eco-friendly materials in the 2,100 square-foot abode, such as PaperStone countertops, sustainably harvested ipe flors, locally harvested and milled western hemlock trim, wool carpeting, and Marmoleum floors.
Credits: Aaron Barna Photography.