Harvey SIP House Wilmington DE
Location: Wilmington, DE
|Project Type:||Residential, < 3,000 sq. ft.|
|Design Professional:||Daniel E Emery Architect|
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The customers wanted a high performance and very comfortable home. A large open layout with cathedral ceilings throughout and an open staircase to the basement meant the home needed to be virtually airtight and extremely well insulated in order to provide consistent temperature. SIPS was the best choice to achieve their goals.
The use of SIPs panels is the easiest way to provide a virtually airtight structure and one of the most reliable construction methods for assuring consistent thickness and R-value of insulation. The use of pre-cut panels eliminates waste on the jobsite.
Interior "windows" in the office wall enable natural light from large hall skylights to be shared with the office. Thermal breaks were installed between the concrete floor in the basement and the foundation. Exposed steel beams support the cathedral ceiling in the great room.
HVAC system used on the project: Because natural gas is available to the home we used a Lenox Natural gas ducted 3 zone system with a separate 3 TON air conditioner. The 3 zones were specified: the bedroom wing, main living area and the basement living area.