Top Energy Saving Building Products at 2010 PCBC
Mike Hodgson, President of ConSol, an energy consulting company that works with production home builders to help them find cost effective solutions for meeting energy codes, took us on a tour of some of the new energy-efficient products on display at the 2010 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC). Below, our video tour and three of Mike's top picks:
- Milgard Style Line vinyl frame windows provide excellent value for optimum energy performance. Many home owners are replacing old metal frame windows with vinyl windows because the U-value performance of vinyl saves a significant amount of energy over the old metal style. Milgard’s Style Line windows with SunCoat glass have a .35 u value without a drastic reduction in light values. Because the windows in a home make up about 20% of the structure, it is important to find the most energy efficient product available.
- Owens Corning PROPINK Complete Blown-In Wall System Insulation: One way to meet the new stringent energy code is to pack higher R-value insulation into walls and ceilings. It’s difficult to change the standard construction, and in the past mostly R-13 insulation has been used. Owens Corning has produced a high-density system with R-15 value in 2 x 4 construction, and company literature states that R-23 can be achieved in 2 x 6 construction. The benefits of using a denser insulation product are two-fold. First, there is a greater resistance to air movement, and second, the density reduces air infiltration. Mike Hodgson noted that although the product was developed for the retrofit market, it can be used on both new and existing construction. For the production home builder, another benefit is that the builder doesn’t have to change the framing pattern to use the product.