The duplex features one finished and one unfinished side.
Courtesy Dow Building Solutions The duplex features one finished and one unfinished side.

A Syracuse, N.Y., “deconstructed” duplex is taking an innovative approach to green building education.

Miller Homes, in collaboration with Dow Building Solutions and CDH Energy, built the energy-efficient home to educate the public and pros alike on the importance of high-performance products and technologies. The Energy Star-rated duplex is divided into two parts: Half of it is finished and serves as a model home; the other half showcases structural components and building envelope technologies through the use of open framing and roughed-in electrical, heating, insulation, and air-sealing systems.

Miller Homes used a variety of insulation and air sealing materials from Dow Building Solutions, including Styrofoam Tongue and Groove insulation and XPS foam insulation; Weathermate Flashing, Sill Pan, and Construction Tape: and Great Stuff Pro window and door insulating foam sealant.

The project was toured by 22,000 visitors during a parade of homes last fall and will stay open over the next four years to serve as an educational and training facility for builders, contractors, architects, students, and the public.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Dow to educate the public on how energy efficient building contributes to indoor health, comfort, and energy savings,” says Troy Adams, president of Miller Homes.