Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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5,126-sq.-ft. house needed integrated solutions. "Te house was really run-down," Team Leader Chris Landis recalls. "As we examined how to upgrade it overall, we improved it with as many energy-efcient strategies as the owners' budget allowed." In the end, the company com- bined passive measures including a geothermal HVAC system, rooftop solar panels and spray foam insulation to deliver the smartest return on investment. SOLID BARRIER Without any insulation, the two-story 1967 home provid- ed a meager R-value of 4. One of the owners previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and appreciated the importance of a good thermal envelope. "Although properly insulating the residence meant creat - ing a deeper cavity and losing four inches of interior space along the perimeter, the owners were willing to sacrifce the space," Landis says. Landis Architects/Builders furred out the walls and insulated the roof structure with Icynene closed-cell spray foam, increasing the thermal resistance to R-21 in the walls and R-48 in the roof. New windows were also part of hole-house remodels are rarely en- ergy-centric. Other priorities like interior overhauls, restructured lay- outs and added space vie for funds, demanding that energy-savvy builders leverage opportunities wherever they can create them. To ensure owner satis- faction, green practices must dovetail with other practical, emotional and fnancial considerations. BALANCE IS KEY Washington D.C.-based Landis Architects/Builders grap- pled with these issues on an older ranch home in Potomac, Md. Sufering from the wear and tear of raising a family, odd circulation and a complete lack of insulation, the Complete Plan A Maryland remodel combines passive energy strategies for comfort and savings By KJ Fields W All bathrooms, including the master bath, have dual- flush toilets and low-flow fixtures to conserve water. A new walk-in closet was part of the reconfiguration of the master bedroom entrance and first floor. PROJECTS: Design Solutions 20 August 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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