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Wild Rice Retreat

Bayfield, WI

Participant information
Energy Panel Structures, Inc.
Lee Bergum

603 N. Van Gordon Ave.
Graettinger, Iowa 51342
Phone: (712) 859-3219
Email Address lbergum@epsbuildings.com
Website:  www.epsbuildings.com

Single Family Homes under 900 sq. ft.

Project information
Wild Rice Retreat
Bayfield, WI  

Date Completed:
December 2019

Dimensions of building (all floors of multi-story building):
12’ x 28’ plus 12' x 12’ porch

Total sq. ft. of conditioned space:
312 sq. ft.

Built By (if different than applicant)
NeuHus LLC
Gary Findell
1742 Hartford Avenue
St. Paul, MN   55116
Phone: 651-262-9636

Panels Manufactured By: Company Name (members only):
Energy Panel Structures (EPS)

Designed By (if different than applicant - SIPA will only recognize members)
Salmela Architect
David Salmela
630 West 4th Street
Duluth, MN   55806
Phone: 218-393-4008

Describe the end use of the building:
The building will be used as a cabin for a retreat center. This is the first of more than 30 similar cabins that will be built at the retreat center and is being used as a prototype to show people what the cabins will look like.

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
SIP's allowed us to build the structure faster than would otherwise have been possible. The energy efficient aspects of the SIP's were also a positive consideration. Speed of construction was important because the retreat center was operational while we were building, so noise and site disruption had to be absolutely minimized.

SIP wall thickness and core material:
R26 Wall panels, 6 1/2”

SIP roof thickness and core material:
R50 Roof panels w/neopor 10 1/2”

SIP floor thickness and core material:
R40 floor panels, 10 3/4”

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
SIP's saved considerable time and labor for the construction of the cabin. The cabin is in Bayfield, WI on the south shore of Lake Superior. There is a shortage of skilled labor in the area and local framing contractors did not have the capacity to fit the construction of the cabin into their schedules. Four of us, 3 of whom had never worked with SIP’s were able to put up all of the SIP's and set the windows in 3 days.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
The SIP structure sits on 2 - 18” deep by 44’ long glu-lam beams, with 30" cantilevers on the sides of each beam.

Describe the HVAC system used on the project:
In floor electric heat by Ditra-Heat by Schluter is the primary source of heat for the home. A back-up electric wall heater was provided as well.

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. (judged only for High Performance Category)
Triple pane Low E #2 & #5/ARG: 1-3/8" H Windows were used.

Any additional comments on the project:
They are extremely quiet, which is well suited for a retreat center.

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Builder Information

NeuHus LLC
Gary Findell1742 Hartford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116

Phone: 651-262-9636

Panels manufactured by Energy Panel Structures (EPS).

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