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Springman-Lake Home Residence

Okobji, IA

Participant information:
Energy Panel Structures, Inc.
Kevin Zadow
603 N Van Gordan Ave
Graettinger, IA 51342
Phone: 712-859-3219
Email Address: kzadow@epsbuildings.com
Website: www.epsbuildings.com

Category:  Single Family Homes (over 3,000 sq. ft.)

Project information:
Springman-Lake Home Residence
Okobji, IA 51355

Date Completed: June 15, 2016
Total cost of project: $600,000
Dimensions of building: 38.5' x 96‘
Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 6,110 sqft

Built By:
Schoelerman Contracting
Jake Schoelerman
1530 370th Street
Royal, IA 51357
Phone: 712-260-4595

Panels Manufactured By: Energy Panel Structures, Inc.


Designed By:
O'Keefe Design Associates
Patrick O'Keef
15191 Fairlawn Trail Street
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: 952-447-5046

Describe the end use of the building: This is a retirement home for Bob and Nancy Springman. It is also a vacation getaway for their children and grandchildren at the Iowa Great Lakes.

Energy efficiency and design flexibility helped with the job acquisition. However, the speed and accuracy that SIPs allowed for in such a tight job site, was the biggest factor in landing the job.

SIP wall thickness and core material: 6 5/8" EPS Type 1 7/16" OSB 5 5/8" EPS 7/16" OSB

The lot that this home was built upon had setbacks of 5 feet along each side of the house to the property line. SIPs allowed for the home to be constructed in fewer steps and in a more "neighbor-friendly" manner. Additionally, the ability to erect a structure and immediately be able to heat it during the winter for subcontractors to work on the mechanics of the house, is a great asset of the SIP construction.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved: The second story of the home is an engineered in-room truss with fair separate dormers. Several girder trusses were upwards of 1,000 pounds to carry the load of the upper level ridge beams. These allowed for a completely vaulted second story lounge with 13 foot ceilings. The roof engineering and truss work is second to none!

HERS Index: 41
Blower door test results: 0.98

Describe the HVAC system used on the project: The heating system is composed of a hydronic heating system along with 2 forced air units. The hydronic heat is located in the basement and garage and is powered by a natural gas 112KBtuh, 95% EFU dual boiler. The two forced air units have 58KBtuh and 77KBtuh 96.1 AFUE heating system with a 36KBtuh and 30KBtuh cooling system, respectively.

Andersen windows 400 series (U-0.30) Spray foamed roof deck (R-35) ICF basement walls (R-25) Floor slab insulation (R-10) Complete thermal envelope of all concrete Rim joists foam (R-22); Dual purpose hydronic boiler Programmable thermostat; Low VOC paint and primer

It was an honor to build this home for a customer who took pride in building an energy efficient home. It was a tremendous experience to lead such a complex and logistically challenging build with the support of Energy Panel Structures (EPS), along the way. Located in a real estate area with a variety of new homes, this one stands out for it's complexity and style paired with the energy efficiencies that only a SIP home could provide


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Builder Information

Schoelerman Contracting
Jake Schoelerman1530 370th Street
Royal, IA 51357

Phone: 712-260-4595

Panels manufactured by Energy Panel Structures, Inc..

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