• 253-858-7472

Highland Drive Residence

Boise, ID

Participant Information:
Company Name: Big Sky Insulations
Contact Name: Laurie Miller
15 Arden Drive
Belgrade, MT  59714
Phone: 253-846-6033
Email: laurie.miller@premiersips.com
Website: www.bigskyrcontrol.com
Category:  Single Family Homes over 3,000 sq. ft.

Project Information:
Project Name: Highland Drive Residence
1227 E Highland Drive
Boise, ID  83702
Date completed: December 2020
Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 4,450 sq. ft.

Built by:
Company Name: Clarity Dwellings    
Contact Name: Gerald Cortright
1102 N 18th
Boise, ID  83702
Phone: 208-720-2736
Email: claritydwellings@gmail.com

Panels Manufactured by: Big Sky Insulations / R-Control

Designed by:
Company Name: Zodiac Design    
Contact Name: Mike Smith
802 W Bannock St, Suite 207
Boise, ID  83702
Phone: 208-343-7474
Email: mike@zodiac-design.com

Describe the end use of the building: Single Family Dwelling

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
We chose SIPS because of the air tightness, quality of this building component, long-term cost savings in energy consumption, and overall cost savings

SIP wall thickness and core material: 6.5"
SIP roof thickness and core material: 12.5"
Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
In choosing SIPs, the decision was made to:
1. Ensure higher standards of product despite labor shortage of experienced framers.
2. Lower assembly time of the roof system.
3. Ensure high energy standards are met due to the air tightness of the product.
4. Construction costs are still a factor. Despite the slightly higher costs of assembly in a COMPLEX build, my personal philosophy is that the longevity of this product as well as its energy efficiency in both cold and hot climates - produces a product that is head-and -shoulders above the ‘standard’ way of framing.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
There is a sloped roof plane, which upon inception was intended to balance the hottest part of the summer months with the coolest months of the winter.  The pitch of the roof bisects the diagonal of the living and kitchen area. This concept effectively captures the morning and evening light from the southern exposure -when the sun is low on the horizon during the winter months and conversely protects the home during the hottest part of the day. This roof-line compliments the ‘light and suspended’ hillside effect of the cantilevered metal I beam that protrudes 12’ over the drive to support a front entertainment area - which again,  is shaded on the northern aspect to the sun during the hot summer months and overlooks the golf course and mountain ranges to the north.

Describe the HVAC system used on the project:
5 Ton - dual zone, gas forced air.

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.:
Anderson 100 series, black on black. Argon filled, 0.27 u value.

Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar:
Gas - On-demand water heater, Led Lighting, Passive solar great room

Please list any sustainable materials or design features not listed above, such as recycled materials, low-VOC finishes, landscaping, etc.:
Stone groundcover, water sparing plants, Low VOC paints, Upcycled structural lumber


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Builder Information

Clarity Dwellings
Gerald Cortright1102 N 18th
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-720-2736
Email: claritydwellings@gmail.com

Panels manufactured by Big Sky Insulations / R-ControlSIP.

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