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Update Energy House 16
Published On: 8 November 2018 / Category: Blog, Events, Featured, News / By: astracomputer

As we head into the winter months here is a great way to learn more about what can be done to your home to reduce your utility bills, make your properties more comfortable as well as more sustainable.

Energy House 16 is well underway. It features a substantial renovation to the existing Main House which includes state of the art UNICO high-velocity heating and cooling, an upgraded boiler and hot water system to operate an existing radiator system throughout the house. This gas boiler/radiator system will only be operational when the temperature outside gets below 15 degrees.

The UNICO/High-Velocity system will be the primary HVAC system for the house this very high-efficiency electric heat pump will limit the use of gas in the house in order to lessen the reliance of the fossil fuel use in the property.

The Main House will also have a new kitchen, a new bathroom in the guest basement area with Murphy-Bed. The Main House has had an upgraded insulation package in the attic and all open areas where work has been done. Insulation in the attic which was old and almost non-existent has been upgraded to an R49 of blown in cellulose. (See Drawing Below) Also upgraded will be all new windows to Anderson Silverline replacement windows.

The overall house will be SMART and will include:

  • Alexa home automation
  • WIFI Thermostats for control from your iPhone or Laptop
  • New wired smoke detectors
  • Extended WIFI throughout the house
  • LED Lighting
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Sustainable kitchen cabinets


The new 900 SF addition on the rear of this home will provide the family a full screened in porch for current use with its potential to be converted into another bedroom for the future. It will also include a full family room with gas fireplace, an upstairs writer’s studio and master bath for the master bedroom suite.

The energy-efficiency upgrades in the new addition will include:

  • Advanced Energy Star Framing
  • Insulated R3 Zip Board for it exterior sheathing
  • R23 Walls Insulation
  • R49 Attic Insulation
  • High efficiency Mini Split HVAC
  • New highly efficient Andersen Windows and doors