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Ames Farm

Delano, MN

Solid Ground Homes & Remodeling
Kelly Hemp
5300 Alpine Drive NW, Suite 240
Ramsey, MN 55303

Phone: 763-323-1334Email Address: info@solidgroundhomes.com
Website: www.solidgroundhomes.com


Single Family Homes (under 3,000 sq ft.)
Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings under 10,000 sq. ft.

Project information:
Ames Farm
Delano, MN 55328

Date Completed: 7/30/20

Dimensions of building (all floors of multi-story building):
84'X40' Lower Level, 84' X 40' Main Level

Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 6,720 sq.ft.

Built By:
Solid Ground Homes & Remodeling
5300 Alpine Drive NW, Suite 240
Ramsey, MN 55303

Panels Manufactured By: Extreme Panel Technologies

Designed By:
Solid Ground Homes & Remodeling
5300 Alpine Drive NW, Suite 240
Ramsey, MN 55303

Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 6,720 sq.ft.

Describe the end use of the building:
The end use of the building serves as both a high efficiency honey processing and packaging facility and high-efficiency living quarters in one section of the building.

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
SIP construction provided the efficiency in the building shell that required multiple temperature zones for processing, as well as overall building expense efficiency.

SIP wall thickness and core material: 5-1/2" EPS
Roof material: Spray foam truss system

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
SIPs save construction costs over a full lCF structure. SIPs provided an efficient way to put the main level together, saving both time and money. The efficiency of SIPs offers energy savings, which was critical to the decision of the owner, in light of his long term business plans.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
This project involved a full ICF foundation, with pre-cast decking for the floor, and sloped waterproofing, coupled with drain throughout. It includes a fully integrated mechanical system, utilizing boiler heat, mini splits, electricpoint of use heat, and specific de-humidification systems to meet the processing requirements. There are two rooms for honey processing that require a continuous temperature of 110 degrees, which is easily achieved with through the building design, building products, and mechanics put in place. There are integral wash-down stations designed to be hose cleaned on the walls and ceilings.

Please list any certifications the project received, such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, National Green Building Standard, WELL, Passive House, Green Globes or local green building programs. Only list certifications that are completed:
Energy Efficiency Certificate (Blower Door Test)

Blower door test results: 2.92 ACH@50

Describe the HVAC system used on the project:
Radiant in-floor heat in garage, lower level, and all of the main floor. 1-Bryant 13 Seer Condensing Unit, Renewaire 3-Air Exchangers - 1- April Aire Dehumidifier, Honeywell programmable thermostat, Bryant 3-ton Ductless AC.

Describe any other energy-saving materials used in the building envelope other than SIPs. List U-values of windows used and the U or R-value of any insulation materials:
-ICF Foundation (Lower Level)
-LP Siding
-Insulated Steel Overhead Doors
-2"Closed Cell Spray Foam (Ceiling)
-Insulated Exterior Doors (Bayer)
-Hayfield Low-E Argon Windows
-All LED Lighting. (Energy Star Disc LED Lights)

Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar (judged only for High Performance Category):
In-floor Heat
NI VM-153 153,000 btu Modulating Boiler 95%

Any additional comments on the project:
This was a very unique building project, designed to meet the needs of a Bee Owner who is passionate about the environment and the impacts on his livelihood. Energy considerations and conservation were key factors in his decision to build with high performance, Eco-friendly products.

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Builder Information

Solid Ground Homes & Remodeling
Kelly Hemp5300 Alpine Drive NW, Suite 240
Ramsey, MN 55303

Phone: 763-323-1334
Email: info@solidgroundhomes.com
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