Collier Construction to Launch ‘See For Yourself!’ Home Tours.
Recent News | June 2010
This fall, Collier Construction will give behind-the-scenes tours of a green home under construction. The “See for Yourself!” home tours are offered to help homeowners, homebuyers, realtors and appraisers make informed decisions based on a fundamental understanding of building science.
The home tours will highlight numerous green building methods including advanced framing as well as identify green building materials such as insulated sheathing and expanding foam air-sealants.
Home tours will take place on Saturdays in the months of July, August, September and October.
We’re through the first half of 2010, and we couldn’t have asked for a better set of projects to send us into the second half of the year. From commercial interiors to new home construction, we’ve been busy with a variety of exciting projects. And we know that it’s only because of a top-notch staff, great customers and strong relationships that we’ve been able to move forward, grow stronger and expand our operations. So take a moment and check out some of our latest projects.
A perfect fit for the neighborhood.
Classic Design & High Performance
Master suite and kitchen remodel… plus some.
Commercial Interior Build-Out for a Better Work Out
A Better Portfolio, A Better World and a Better Office Space Too
Trade Secrets: Crawl Space Conversions
No matter the size, age or style of a home, its energy profile matters to the health of the indoor environment and the well-being of our shared environment. So for us, that means providing scalable measures with measurable results – like sealing, insulating and conditioning the crawl space of a once-abandoned, newly renovated, modest urban dwelling.
Two years after Ethan Collier salvaged and rehabbed a once landfill-bound house and transformed it into his own home, Collier Construction sealed up and insulated the attic and crawl space. So let’s look at the energy impact of Ethan’s newly insulated attic and crawl space:
House Size: 1,200 sq ft
Description: All duct work is in the crawl space. The system is leaky, so before Collier Construction sealed and insulated the crawl space, Ethan was losing energy to the outside.
Problem: Higher energy bills; condensation on floor joists; poor comfort level during summer and winter.
Solution: Air seal and insulate the crawl space. Collier Construction used extruded polystyrene of 2” thickness (R-10) around interior crawl space walls. The crawl space was sealed all the way to floor decking with expanding foam insulation. New plastic was put down and taped to rigid foam board. In addition to insulating the crawl space, we insulated the attic and used an insulated box around pull down ladder.
Energy Difference: Ethan’s electric bill has dropped drastically over the winter. He explained that the bill is almost as cheap as last year when he and his family where out of the country.
To satisfy your taste for neat architecture, sustainable design and green building, we’re sharing with you just a little of what inspires us the most.
For starters, here’s a website for the aspiring designer in us all – Jetson Green. It’s an all-things green building and design blog that profiles the newest, freshest and most unique projects around the world. Basically, stuff you’re not going to see driving around these parts. With the exception of the Madison Street Development, that is.