14 Jul '11, 8pm

See how a new high-performance shell reduced a 1950s-era home’s energy use by nearly 60%.

See how a new high-performance shell reduced a 1950s-era home’s energy use by nearly 60%.

To passersby, the little house on the corner of Shirley Avenue and Hilltop Drive in Millbury, Mass., looks like it got a new roof and a fresh paint job. But beneath that skin of new fiber-cement lap siding and asphalt composition roofing is a lot of new muscle, too. Synergy Companies Construction applied a “Deep Energy Retrofit” to the 1950s–era, Cape-style house, an integrated combination of various insulations, weather barriers, air-sealing techniques, fenestration, and claddings that reduced the home’s energy use by nearly 60% and created a comfortable indoor environment — and earned the owners a sizable rebate from the local utility. The scope also included extending an existing dormer along the entire back of the house and upgrading the heating and cooling system with “right-sized” capacity per the home’s vastly improved thermal shell.

Full article: http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/news/2011/07-july/case-stu...

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