McIntyre Builders is proud to have received the 2007 State Energy Star Home award as well as final nomination for the National Energy Value Housing Award. This grant is awarded each year to a builder who's home demonstrates advanced energy performance principles. The awarded home is at 219 Russwood in Grand Rapids MI.
The home received the grant for our use of a practical cost effective approach to construct a high efficiency home that delivers heating and cooling cost that are over 50% better than a typical built home. The design and construction of this home focuses on the basic principles of energy performance. The home is designed with a efficient thermal envelope that reduces heat loss potential and is constructed to greatly reduce air infiltration to the home. In typical constructed homes up to 55% of the heat loss can be attributed to the thermal envelope of the home, thus this is the single largest opportunity to improve energy performance.
In addition the home is designed using computer simulation software that we can very accurately determine the heating and cooling load of the home. Because of this we are able to properly size mechanical systems in the home that will properly perform. Heating systems that are not over sized that will deliver long steady consistent heat and will not start & stop erratically wasting energy and cooling systems that are properly sized will run longer which will allow the AC coils to cool down providing for the efficient removal of heat & moisture from the living space of the home.
These are just the basics of energy performance for the home and we invite you to read further below to see some of the additional features used in this high performance home.