Sustainable construction starts with progressive materials and processes to build a high performance home that uses minimal energy resources.

Passive Solar Design

Passive Solar Design MilwaukeePassive solar design refers to the use of the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. In this approach, the building itself or some element of the building along with its orientation on the site takes advantage of natural energy storage characteristics in materials and air created by exposure to the sun. Passive systems are simple, have few or no moving parts and require minimal maintenance and no mechanical systems.

The solar energy is stored in thermal mass which refers to materials such as masonry and water that can store heat energy for extended time and will prevent rapid temperature fluctuations.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Green Home Building MilwaukeeStructural insulated panels (SIPs) are the best materials for building an energy efficient, durable home that has high indoor air quality. Because SIP homes don’t need the vertical studs throughout the exterior walls for strength, they are more air tight and don’t suffer from heat energy loss that passes through the studs. SIP homes use 40% to 60% less energy and are three times stronger than old fashioned stick framed homes.

SIPs are the modern building material that’s replacing the stick framed homes that were developed in the early 1800’s!

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)

Progressive Home Building MilwaukeeProperly insulating the foundation is a key element to building an energy efficient home. We not only build with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the foundation walls, we also insulate under the basement floor. We also offer a hybrid method for insulating the basement walls using recycled expanded polystyrene foam on the outside of a standard poured wall which provides proper insulation at a more affordable price. Properly insulating a home should not be an upgrade.

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

Progressive New Home Building Milwaukee“Build tight – ventilate right”. Super tight homes use ERVs to have constant filtered fresh air exchanges, recover over 70% of the heat from stale exhausted air and keep humidity at a proper level. ERVs give a controlled method of ventilating a home versus the old adage of “A home must breathe”.

Icynene® Spray Foam

Progressive New Home Building MilwaukeeIcynene® is the leading 100% water-blown foam insulation that minimizes air leakage for increased energy efficiency, creates a healthier indoor environment, reduces airborne sounds and offers greater design freedom. Icynene® maintains its performance with no loss of R-value over time. It does not shrink, sag or settle. Icynene® adheres to most construction materials and is the perfect insulation for walls, attics, ceilings and floors.

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