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Weiting Residence

Minneapolis, MN


Participant information:
Panelworks Plus, Inc.
Curt Stendel
4861 Ambassador
St. Francis, MN 55070
Phone: 763-360-3694
Email Address: curt@panelworksplus.com
Website: www.panelworksplus.com


Single Family Home Over 3,000 sqft

2018 SIPA
Building Excellence Awards

First Place Winner
Single Family Home Over 3,000 sqft

Project information:
Weiting Residence
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Date Completed: 01/2017
Dimensions of building: 34' x 72' Main level, 20' x 48' Upper level
Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 4,177 sqft

Built By:
Synergy Builders and Panel Setters Plus
Panelworks Plus, Inc.
4861 Ambassador
St. Francis, MN 55070

Panels Manufactured By: Extreme Panel Technologies


Designed By:
Christian Dean Architecture, LLC.
Katy Dale and Christian Dean
2909 Bryant Avenue South Suite 207
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 4,177 sqft

Describe the end use of the building: Single family residence

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
The homeowner was interested in an energy efficient, sustainable modern home. He was particularly intrigued by energy efficient technologies and building systems. Early on we explored using SIPs to achieve the sustainable goals for the home and the homeowner was intrigued and on-board with the product.

SIP wall thickness and core material: 5-1/2" and 12-1/4" thick with expanded polystyrene insulation
SIP roof thickness and core material: 12-1/4" thick with expanded polystyrene insulation

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
One of the major benefits of using SIPs for us, was the shop drawing review process. This enabled us to review and coordinate prior to contractors mobilizing onsite, giving us more control and confidence in the construction process. We also feel the shop fabricated wall system provides for higher quality construction. The contractor found the system to be a cost effective solution that helps eliminate possible defects of hand framing and provided more confidence that we would achieve a high quality, tight envelope. This was confirmed by our blower door test where the home measured 1.38 ACH50, indicating a very efficient envelope was achieved even with a complicated design.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
The massing of the home and large openings did require structural engineering and complicated wall/ceiling junctions. Although not a straight-forward design, the SIP system was able to work with the complex structural layout and still perform as expected.

HERS Index: 30
Blower door test results (ACH50): 1.38

Describe the HVAC system used on the project:
Heating - fuel fired air distribution, natural gas, 97.0 AFUE
Heating - Fuel fired hydronic distribution, natural gas, 95.0 AFUE
Cooling - Air conditioner, electric, 17.0 SEER

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:
Windows = Double paned 0.30 Case/Awn and 0.28 Fixed and Doors
Roof Insulation = R-49
Foundation Thermomass walls system = R-15
Underslab insulation = R-15

We used a HERs Analysis Matrix early in design to determine what systems were worth investing in. We found that in our home, triple-pane windows would not have made a huge impact on energy costs and therefore we opted to use more cost effective double pane windows. As a result of the analysis, we did increase the foundation and under-slab insulation from R-10 to R-15. We also increased the efficiency of the AC unit from 14 SEER to 16 SEER.

List any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar:
Passive solar strategies helped drive the overall layout and design of the home. The home was sited close to the north property line to allow as much solar access on the south side as possible on the narrow urban lot. Large expanses of glazing face south to maximize daylight and heat gain in the winter and minimize need for electric lighting.

A trellis over the patio was designed to shade the interior during hot summer months while allow lower winter sun to penetrate and warm the home. Fewer east/west windows were were used, and a tall, narrow orientation helps manage low morning and afternoon light. Automated roller shades close to manage west light. The stairwell, centrally located in the home, helps distribute pleasant north light into all levels of the home and operable windows at the upper level encourage natural air circulation in the warmer seasons to naturally draw air through the home.

Thought was put into all equipment and fixture selections. All appliances are Energy Star rated, all lighting is LED

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Builder Information

Synergy Builders and Panel Setters Plus, Panelworks Plus, In
Curt Stendel4861 Ambassador
St. Francis, MN 55070

Panels manufactured by Extreme Panel Technologies.

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