Gaines Group Architects
Carbon Neutral Construction

First Carbon Neutral Home in Harrisonburg under construction – project update

First Carbon Neutral Home in Harrisonburg under construction – project update

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Beck Builders is starting roof framing on Harrisonburg’s first ever Carbon Neutral home. The walls of the house are mostly insulated concrete forms, but a couple of walls needed to be wood framed. In order to achieve a high performance framed wall we worked with the builder to design a system that eliminated thermal bridging and air leakage.

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We added high windows for ventilation taking advantage of the chimney stack effect for natural cooling. The ICF walls are completely air tight and offer a high level of insulation value. 

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The deck provides incredible views towards the west.

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The high windows provide natural light through the living room space. The open floor plan provides ample space for entertaining friends.

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This home is setting standards for others to follow literally doing testing and analysis. This information will provide us with data to offer better design for those seeking energy-efficient design solutions.