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REHAU-sponsored research home examines systems selection and integration

Building products manufacturer REHAU teamed up with the Montana State University (MSU) Creative Research Lab to construct the REHAU Montana ecosmart house project. The Bozeman, Montana home was designed and constructed with the help of MSU students to study the effectiveness of different building and mechanical systems; and how those systems can be integrated to maximize energy efficiency and lower lifecycle costs.

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) from R-Control SIP manufacturer Big Sky Insulations were used in the home, along with insulated concrete forms and high performance vinyl windows with self-tinting sunlight responsive thermochromic (SRT) glazing. The home is expected to reach net zero energy use, thanks to a PV system, solar thermal system for hot water, and a geothermal heat pump.

Students installed over 300 sensors that will monitor the home for its first two years of occupancy. Data collected will be analyzed by the MSU Creative Research Lab to determine which sustainable technologies can best contribute to energy efficiency and green certification programs, such as LEED, ENERGY STAR, and the National Green Building Standard.

Learn more at the REHAU Montana ecosmart house project website

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