Project Complete!

All but a few small finishing touches, and this project is done!..  and it marks our 3rd completed this year with 2 to go.  It still amazes me that we can go from nothing to a completed home in 10 weeks!  Thanks to all the great volunteers, and there were a lot of them, that helped make this home possible for the Deik family.  The partner family receiving the home, Dave and Stacie Deik, are a great family and well deserving of taking ownership of this home!  This house was very special when compared to previous projects, due to all the innovative building envelope details and the primary mini-split mechanical heating and cooling system.

To highlight the features that are unique to this Habitat home:

  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundation built with Reward ICF blocks
  • 6″ of High Density foam under thermally broken slab
  • 10-1/2″ Exterior Walls (2×6 + 4″ of exterior foam)
  • Furring strips and Rain Screen for cladding ventilation and attachment
  • 18″ Energy Heal trusses (and the first Hab home with a cathedral ceiling)
  • ERV ducted independently from conditioning ductwork
  • Ducted and non-ducted Mini-Split whole house heating/ cooling system
  • Exhaust vent in garage to outdoors with motion activation

Exterior – 6/25/12

Exterior – 6/25/12

Landscaping – 6/26/12

Exterior – 6/25/12

Exterior – 6/25/12

Mechanical Room – 6/25/12

Rheem Marathon Electric DHW

Rheem Marathon Electric DHW

RenewAire Energy Recovery Ventilator

Garage Ventilation – Motion Activated


Kitchen – 6/25/12

Kitchen – 6/25/12

Rear Door Coat Locker – 6/25/12

Family Room – 6/25/12

Hallway – 6/25/12 (LED Lighting)

10-1/2″ wall cavity! Be-a-u-tiful !!

Mini-Split Control Center

Ducted Mini-Split supply (1 per/ bedroom)

ERV Supply diffuser (1 per/ bedroom)

Bathroom – 6/25/12

ERV Return air (1 per/ bathroom & kitchen)

ERV Return air (1 per/ bathroom & kitchen)

Stackable Washer/Dryer Combo


Electrical Rough-in Complete!

Electrical rough-in has been completed and inspected this week.  We opted for a larger service panel on this project (150amp vs. 100amp) to support the all electric heating & cooling mini-split system.  We also pre-wired this project for future Solar PV panels by running conduit into the attic space with terminating at a junction box and feeding back to service panel.  If and when Solar PV is added, the inverters (DC to AC current) can be placed next to the service panel and PV meter can be installed on the exterior next to the ulility service meter – reducing costs for install.

The PV pre-wire conduit is on the right side of the panel next to the stud.

Electrical Service Panel – 5/9/12

Solar PV pre-wire

Air sealing is also complete on all electrical penetrations through the top plate of all interior and exterior walls.  Most of these penetrations will be redundently air sealed when we spray foam the tops of the walls in the attic during insulation.

Electical air seal – 5/9/12

Electrical air seal – 5/9/12