Category: Single Family Homes under 3,000 sq ft.
Casa San Miguel
Date Completed: Nov 2016
Dimensions of building: 2,566 sq ft + studio: 230 sq ft / 542 sq ft.
Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: Residence: 2,566 sq ft / Studio: 230 sq ft / 542 sq ft.
Panels Manufactured By:
Eric L Meyerowitz
Describe the end use of the building: Custom Residence + Studio + Detached Garage
Time savings due to a small and inexperienced crew, energy efficiency and reliable product (straight and long roof/wall spans)
SIP wall thickness and core material: 7-1/4" EPS SIP Wall
SIP roof thickness and core material: 11-1/4" EPS SIP Floor & Roof
1). Time saving: All three structures for the project were constructed in 18 days. A small (3-6 people) framing crew with no prior experience with SIPS quickly learned how to assemble the panels.
2). Less Waste: there was minimal waste by using SIPS, reducing debris and landfill costs.
3). Straight: One sees the results of this product when you have a 50 foot long celing and it is perfectly straight and flat.
4). Energy Efficiency: the residence and studio were cooled in the middle of the summer for only $120/mo (in the extreme heat of the Arizona climate). Wood Framed or masonry buildings would have been at least 2-3x this amount.
Since the property lies in a FEMA controlled floodplain, the structure is raised off the desert floor to meet the federal requirements. Floor panels are cantilevered over the foundation to give the impression that the structure is floating above the ground plain. a custom designed front porch is suspended from the covered walkway further emphasizing this relationship. The eave detail is achieved by extending wood rafter tails into the roof panels. Exterior decks are covered with Suber, a weathering material comprised of plant resin and cork granule. The physical properties of cork will maintain the termperature of the deck below 85 degrees, allowing one to walk barefoot on the surface, even in the searing summer heat. Cork is also flame retardant.
Given the project is located in a flood plain, LEED certification was not able to be obtained per their restrictions.
Describe any other energy-saving materials used in the building envelope other than SIPs. List U-values of windows used and the R-value of any insulation materials: - reflective, fiberglass composite roof - Exterior mounted tankless water heaters saves energy & space - dual insulated glass - LED lighting (exterior/interior) - dual flush toilets - Energy STAR rated appliances
Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar: The garage, covered walkway, carport and entry hall were oriented to make a positive response to the street. The home is rotated towards the path of the sun, taking advantage of passive heating and cooling strategies. Outdoor spaces and specific window and doors take advantage of distant mountain views.
The property is ready for landscaping and will be utilizing Native planting
“As an architect with over 20 years of designing custom homes, the San Miguel project is the first utilizing SIP technology. In addition to designing the structure, I was actively involved in the installation of the panels, observing a framing crew that had never built a SIP structure. After some brief instruction by Phil Ligon of Premier SIPs, the floor, walls and roof were assembled with little difficulty. Having a fully insulated structure for the remaining trades to work under, has been a big bonus during the Phoenix summer. Now that I have seen how SIPs work, I can’t imagine building future projects utilizing “old school” methods. I would recommend SIPs to anyone building new structures today.” - Eric L Meyerowitz
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Diversified Construction9920 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Phone: (623) 877-3526
Panels manufactured by Premier SIPS.