Month: December 2016

Healthy Homes – Battlefield Homes

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Living in a comfortable and healthy home is increasingly important to most of today’s new homeowners. Since the home is a relatively closed environment, good indoor air quality requires attention on the part of the builder to reduce the risk of future problems.

You Need Fresh Air

Irritants and pollutants like pet dander, dust, pollen and bacteria are a fact of living in a home and can cause allergies and respiratory problems. Providing filtration for the home, and a source of fresh outside air, are two means maintain air quality.

logo_ashraeAll Battlefield Homes come standard with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Rating Value) 11 filter that reduces mold, pollen, bacteria, dust and dander. MERV ratings are a specification of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which recommends MERV 6 or higher. MERV filters are rated from 1-20, with the higher numbers equating to better removal of finer particles. A MERV 11 filter is designed to reduce not only large particles but also the fine particles of airborne contaminants. Industry experts consider a MERV 8 to be the “better” filter and a MERV 11 to be the “best,” removing pollen, dust mites, dust, carpet fibers, mold, humidifier dust and even auto emissions.

As a standard, we also include a ventilation control system that manages the quality of indoor air by bringing outside air in while monitoring outdoor temperature and indoor humidity to make sure the air coming into the home is fresh, reducing moisture problems, odors and pollutants. This system will bring in fresh air when needed and refuse to allow air in that is too hot, too cold or too humid (above 55% relative humidity).

Keep the Bad Stuff Out – Home Sealing

The intrusion of air and water through a home can produce mold and cause respiratory problems and temperature discomfort.

zip-wallAll Battlefield Homes come standard with the ZIP System© exterior sheathing from the top of the basement wall to the top of all framed walls, with all joints taped with a proprietary tape. The ZIP system, which replaces and improves upon the standard builder house wrap, effectively seals out the elements. It is a vapor-permeable, water-resistive barrier that does away with the typical house wrap (that’s the stuff you see torn and blowing in the wind on many homes).

Zip and its tape are integrated into the structural layer of the home and won’t tear or blow off. Zip also provides an enhanced permanent air barrier and an additional level of thermal resistance that enhances the total insulation value of the home.

Additionally, all Battlefield Homes are framed so that the exterior sheathing extends over and covers the outside of floor systems, fully down to the foundation wall. This additional step means that the “building envelope” is truly an envelope – one continuous, uninterrupted layer of sheathing with very little opportunity for air or water penetration.

Our homes have consistently performed at Energy Star (and better) standards. Our model home, using standard insulation and our standard ZIP system, scored a 57 HERS rating, an excellent score without any increased cost.

Get out the Mop! Clean Surfaces

criFlooring is a primary area of concern for contaminants in the home, from dirt that can become embedded and from the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), gases emitted from chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

The EPA airPLUS© guide recommends hard surface flooring at the entry and in baths, kitchens and laundry rooms because they are easier to clean. All Battlefield Homes include hardwood entries and hard flooring in wet areas, easy to clean and hypoallergenic.

Battlefield Homes’ standard carpet products carry the Green Label Plus© certification by the Carpet and Rug Institute, a designation that ensures the lowest emissions of VOCs on the market.

Additional Options

For serious allergy sufferers and customers who are interested in even more stringent air quality, we offer a number of options, including air purifiers, powered energy recovery ventilators, humidifiers, additional hard flooring options and ceramic tile, radon mitigation, and water treatment, filtration and purification systems.

Healthy Homes – Battlefield Homes

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Living in a comfortable and healthy home is increasingly important to most of today’s new homeowners.  Since the home is a relatively closed environment, good indoor air quality requires attention on the part of the builder to reduce the risk of future problems.

You Need Fresh Air

Irritants and pollutants like pet dander, dust, pollen and bacteria are a fact of living in a home and can cause allergies and respiratory problems.  Providing filtration for the home, and a source of fresh outside air, are two means maintain air quality.

logo_ashraeAll Battlefield Homes come standard with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Rating Value) 11 filter that reduces mold, pollen, bacteria, dust and dander.  MERV ratings are a specification of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which recommends MERV 6 or higher.  MERV filters are rated from 1-20, with the higher numbers equating to better removal of finer particles.  A MERV 11 filter is designed to reduce not only large particles but also the fine particles of airborne contaminants.  Industry experts consider a MERV 8 to be the “better” filter and a MERV 11 to be the “best,” removing pollen, dust mites, dust, carpet fibers, mold, humidifier dust and even auto emissions.

As a standard, we also include a ventilation control system that manages the quality of indoor air by bringing outside air in while monitoring outdoor temperature and indoor humidity to make sure the air coming into the home is fresh, reducing moisture problems, odors and pollutants.  This system will bring in fresh air when needed and refuse to allow air in that is too hot, too cold or too humid (above 55% relative humidity).

Keep the Bad Stuff Out – Home Sealing

The intrusion of air and water through a home can produce mold and cause respiratory problems and temperature discomfort.

zip-wallAll Battlefield Homes come standard with the ZIP System© exterior sheathing from the top of the basement wall to the top of all framed walls, with all joints taped with a proprietary tape.  The ZIP system, which replaces and improves upon the standard builder house wrap, effectively seals out the elements.  It is a vapor-permeable, water-resistive barrier that does away with the typical house wrap (that’s the stuff you see torn and blowing in the wind on many homes).

Zip and its tape are integrated into the structural layer of the home and won’t tear or blow off.  Zip also provides an enhanced permanent air barrier and an additional level of thermal resistance that enhances the total insulation value of the home.

Additionally, all Battlefield Homes are framed so that the exterior sheathing extends over and covers the outside of floor systems, fully down to the foundation wall.  This additional step means that the “building envelope” is truly an envelope – one continuous, uninterrupted layer of sheathing with very little opportunity for air or water penetration.

Our homes have consistently performed at Energy Star (and better) standards.  Our model home, using standard insulation and our standard ZIP system, scored a 57 HERS rating, an excellent score without any increased cost.

Get out the Mop! Clean Surfaces                                                                                                                                                 

criFlooring is a primary area of concern for contaminants in the home, from dirt that can become embedded and from the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), gases emitted from chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

The EPA airPLUS© guide recommends hard surface flooring at the entry and in baths, kitchens and laundry rooms because they are easier to clean.  All Battlefield Homes include hardwood entries and hard flooring in wet areas, easy to clean and hypoallergenic.

Battlefield Homes’ standard carpet products carry the Green Label Plus© certification by the Carpet and Rug Institute, a designation that ensures the lowest emissions of VOCs on the market.

Additional Options

For serious allergy sufferers and customers who are interested in even more stringent air quality, we offer a number of options, including air purifiers, powered energy recovery ventilators, humidifiers, additional hard flooring options and ceramic tile, radon mitigation, and water treatment, filtration and purification systems.

The All-Important Barrier – Wrap v. Zip

Does it matter?

A permanent water and vapor barrier on the exterior of a home is best practice in the home-building industry and usually required by code.  The standard way to do this is with a house wrap.

Most of the problems with house wrap fall into two categories – installation errors and damage to the wrap between the time it is installed and the time it is covered by siding.  The wrap must be lapped correctly at horizontal and vertical seams, joints need to be taped correctly, and dealing with torn wrap is a common issues that must be corrected (and may be problematic).  If taped seams are not completely sealed, the tape creates a reverse joint at the seam, potentially allowing water to enter at the seam.

Have you ever seen a home with house wrap that has missing or torn pieces?  I have:

 

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Do you wonder if it will be corrected, and, if so, whether the fix will work?  I do.

For a good article on house wrap installation and potential problems, see this website:

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/guest-blogs/housewrap-tape-problems

 

The Zip System©

Zip is our product of choice for exterior sheathing and water/air barrier.  It eliminates the potential for torn, taped, blowing in the breeze house wrap.  Since the barrier is manufactured as part of the sheathing, it will not come off (believe me, we’ve tried).  The taping of seams is done at the edges of each sheet of sheathing with a proprietary tape that is so strong, it won’t come off without some strenuous effort (again, we’ve tried).

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Zip has other benefits as well and adds R-value to the home.

Yes, it is more expensive than house wrap, but it is worth it.  As Ben Franklin once said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

For information on the Zip System©, see this website:

http://www.huberwood.com/zipsystem/products/zip-system-wall

Battlefield Homes – See Your Home with Advanced Renderings

At Battlefield Homes, we not only design your home, but have the capability to show you advanced renderings and visualization of the home before it is built – from framing to finishes.

We often hear the phrase – “I’m a visual person, and I can’t imagine what the home is going to look like from a two-dimensional plan.”

Problem Solved.  Come see us or call (540) 786-2388 for an appointment to discuss your custom home.

 

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Our Architectural CAD Design system not only allows us to draw and customize plans, but it also allows us to to give you the ability to see the home and imagine how you’ll finish the interior and exterior.  We can put in flooring, cabinets and finish items that approximate your choices – and even place lights to give you an idea of how to adequately light a space and see shadows.

 

From Plan:

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To Structure:

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To Finished Home!

 

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