Fort Worth, TX
Category: Affordable Housing
Tarrant County Housing Partnership - Workforce Housing
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Date Completed: November 2016
Total cost of project: $143,126
Dimensions of building: House: 27' x 54' 7-1/16“; Detached garage 18' x 22‘
Asking price/purchase price: $76,000
Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 1,376 sqft
Ferrier Custom Homes
Panels Manufactured By: Korwall, Inc.
Describe the end use of the building: Single family residence
SIPs met the criteria of quality, energy efficiency, and value that were the pillars of the project's goals from the onset. Recommending SIPs resulted in a proven great fit and a leading example to the surrounding community.
SIP wall thickness and core material: 5" with EPS core
SIP roof thickness and core material: 10" with EPS core
Tarrant County Housing Partnership (TCHP) is a non-profit housing agency investing in communities throughout Tarrant County to provide quality, affordable, and energy housing options for low to moderate income families. The president and vice president approached national green builder leader Don Ferrier for input on how to make their workforce housing more energy efficient and green, while keeping the homes affordable and within strict building timelines. Don suggested several techniques with the priority being the use of SIPs. After partnering with local SIP manufacturer Korwall, Ferrier Custom Homes (FCH) built homes that were much stronger and energy efficient while also greatly improving air tightness, insulation, and quality. SIPs were an integral part of speeding up the build process while improving the overall quality of the homes.
This TCHP workforce home is located in southeast Fort Worth with a historic architectural legacy of craftsman style homes. Pre-qualified homeowners get to choose from 3 different craftsman style floor plans all designed for effective use of SIPs. This blends the new homes with existing "feel" of the surrounding neighborhood. FCH gave strategic input on placement of porches, porte-cochere, overhangs, and window placement to reduce the impact of the hot summer sun and hot/humid Texas climate.
Certifications the project received: Energy Star
HERS Index: 63
Blower door test results: 2.5 ACH50
HVAC system used on the project: Carrier 15 SEER air source heat pump with R6 duct system with QuFresh ventilation fresh air system.
U-Factor 0.3 for windows. Energy Star lighting & appliances (dishwasher & refrigerator), Passive solar design and Energy Star exhaust fans; recycled content in the following: Asphalt composition shingles & vinyl windows, Low VOC paints and Native landscaping
TCHP's goal was to provide quality, energy efficient housing at a discounted price to qualifying families, and SIPs were the perfect match to achieve this goal. The City of Fort Worth housing department donated city owned repossessed empty lots in an effort to bring new growth to the area. This home is the second of many homes planned in the urban revitalization project between TCHP, City of Fort Worth, FCH and HUD.
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