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Batcheller Residence

Sioux Falls, SD

Participant information

Construction Partners, LLC
Mike Dandar
109 E 34th St
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone: 507-368-2310
Email Address: construction@mchsi.com
Website: Extremeperformancehomes.com


Single Family Homes (under 3,000 sq ft.)

High Performance: Yes

Project information

Batcheller Residence
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Date Completed: July 2020

Dimensions of building (all floors of multi-story building):
26' x 36' basement, main floor, second floor

Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 2,808 sq. ft.

Built By (if different than applicant)

Construction Partners, LLC
109 E 34th St
Lake Benton, MN 56149

Panels Manufactured By: Extreme Panel Technologies, Inc.

Designed By (if different than applicant - SIPA will only recognize members)

Robert Arlt Architect
Robert Arlt
109 E 34th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 2,808 sq. ft.

Describe the end use of the building:
Custom family residence

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
The homeowners were interested in having an energy efficient home. The architect they hired specializes in this, even teaching Passive Home design and techniques at South Dakota State University. Construction Partners has a working relationship with him in the development of other projects

SIP wall thickness and core material: 8" EPS foam

SIP roof thickness and core material: 12" EPS foam

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
The project was near an area where there was concern for theft of materials. No concern for theft of jumbo SIP panels. Plus, using a SIP envelope, we were able to dry the house in quicker and have a place to lock up other materials and tools. Energy savings has been phenomenal. The entire home is heated and cooled with electricity. Mini-splits in each upstairs bedroom and one on the main floor.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
The ridge beam to support the roof was engineered to also allow a seven foot (7') cantilevered front porch. Red steel post and beams were installed as part of porch design. Engineering was required by the City for the steel phase. Even prior to the steel post being installed, (mainly for wind up-lift) a late-season tornado (F-2) hit the city on September 10, 2019 causing much damage to homes and businesses. Winds were estimated at 125 mph. This home sustained no damage to the house and the porch roof.

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:
Energy Star

HERS Index: 28

Blower door test results: 0.22 ACH50

Describe the HVAC system used on the project:
Bryant mini-split units. One 12,000 BTU on the main floor. One 9,000 BTU unit in each of the upstairs bedrooms for custom comfort of the occupants

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:
BuildBlock ICF foundation (R-20), 4" of XPS foam (taped and sealed) under basement floor (R-20) LifeBreath 155 Max Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), Thermo-tech triple pane windows (U-.17) (Solar Heat Gain 0.24)

Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar:
All LED lighting, AeroTherm Heat Pump Water heater (50 gal),LifeBreath 155 Max Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), Energy Star appliances

Were any solar panels installed on the project? If so, indicate the size of the system:
No, not yet

Please list any sustainable materials or design features not listed above, such as recycled materials, low-VOC finishes, landscaping, etc.:
Low-VOC sealants and finishes were used. Landscaping stones and pavers were salvaged from the foundation of the original home. Integrated planter boxes were designed and built into the back patio. Wild prairie grasses were also planted.

Any additional comments on the project:
Batcheller House is an Urban Refill home just south of downtown Sioux Falls in a well-established, walkable neighborhood for a family with two young sons. An old, run-down house with a failing foundation was replaced with the aim to provide a modern infill home that ties in well with its historic neighbors through its massing and adds to the variety of columns seen on the street.

The project utilizes insulated concrete forms (ICF), structural insulated panels (SIP) and passive house principles, including an emphasis on air-tightness with Heat Recovery Ventilation to decrease energy use by over 65% from a standard built house. In a state that will not adopt energy codes, the design demonstrates sustainable development through site selection, systems, and assemblies and this was shared with multiple open houses. The home is Energy Star rated and will be Net-Zero ready certified.

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Builder Information

Construction Partners, LLC
Mike Dandar109 E 34th St
Lake Benton, MN 56149

Phone: 507-368-2310
Email: construction@mchsi.com
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