Award-Winning Superior Walls® Home
NEW HOLLAND, PA. – An energy-efficient home in Litchfield, Conn., constructed with Superior Walls® precast concrete wall panels, has been declared a winner in the sixth annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC). The Katzin residence, built by Revival Homes LLC, New Hartford, Conn., tied in the category of Lowest Projected Annual Net Operating Cost.
With no basement or traditional foundation, the Katzin home uses Superior Walls XiTM precast concrete walls, supplied by Superior Walls® by Weaver Precast in Ephrata, Pa., for the structure of the first floor. The exposed concrete walls also serve as the siding of the home exterior. Since the low-maintenance concrete panels will not burn or rot over time, they add to the durability and efficiency of the home.
“We focused on creating a design that would give the homeowners long-term payback on their investment,” says Kate Briggs Johnson with Responsive Design Architects in Norfolk, Conn. “We selected a precast concrete wall panel system (typically used as a foundation below grade) for our first floor walls. These panels have continuous foam insulation, serve as wall structure, siding, water barrier, and air barrier. It’s a smart choice for creating a tight envelope for the home.”
Superior Walls Xi wall panels used in the home construction feature steel reinforced concrete and 2-1/2-inches of DOW Styrofoam insulation to create a barrier against sidewall water penetration. The panels are custom designed and constructed in a factory-controlled setting. Unique features of the Xi wall panels include:
- 5,000+ PSI concrete
- Steel-reinforced top bond beams, concrete studs and footer beams
- Horizontal steel rebar inside top and bottom beams
- Vertical steel rebar inside each stud
- Insulated access holes for ease in wiring and plumbing
- Galvanized steel stud facing ready for drywall finishing
- Insulated corners, studs and bond beams
Responsive Design Architects and Revival Homes LLC worked together to help the Katzin family create the all-electric home that makes more energy through its solar panels than is required to operate the house.
“The Zero Energy Challenge exemplifies the future of residential new construction, and demonstrates the positive impact zero energy building can have on our community and environment,” said Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection Commissioner Rob Klee. “As early adopters of the zero energy movement, Connecticut builders and homeowners are proving that high performance, green homes are sustainable and affordable. This year’s participants serve as examples to everyone throughout Connecticut that being energy efficient and having a zero energy home is attainable.”
Superior Walls, innovator of the precast concrete foundation system, celebrates 35 years of operation in 2016. The company manufactures the only foundation to have earned the NGBS Green Certified Product designation and has precast concrete system licensee manufacturing operations throughout the United States and Canada. For information visit www.superiorwalls.com.
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