Washington-Area Luxury Builder Tests Market for Smaller, Energy Efficient Homes

A rendering of the builder's Victorian-style home that's part of the Building America Challenge.

The Branford model is about 600 square feet smaller than the builder's typical homes.

A detached garage ensures cleaner indoor air and less space in the house to heat and cool.

A view of the rear elevation.

The house uses 2x6 studs set at 24 inches on center, prodiving more cavity for insulation and reducing lumber.

A contractor performs air sealing with Owens Corning's EnergyComplete system.

The sealing prevents air infiltration and air leakage.

A contractor blows in fiberglass insulation, which provides better coverage than batts.

Sealed joints prevent air leakage from the ducts.

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