Thursday, September 19, 2013

Huntington Homes and Norwich University Team Up for the 2013 Solar Decathlon

One of the competitors, Norwich University in Northfield, VT, built a modular home for this year’s Solar Decathlon in California. They worked with the folks at Huntington Homes in East Montpelier, VT to create a home that can withstand the cold New England winters and still have no yearly energy costs.

Jason Webster from Huntington Homes provided me with the specs that the students used in building their modular home in the factory. Great home guys! All the modular builders, factory owners and everyone that loves modular construction wish you the best of luck in the competition.

Building Envelope / Mechanical Specs:

  • Walls: Double stud exterior walls filled with dense pack cellulose.  House wrapped with 2” Rigid Mineral Wool.  R51 total.
  • Ceiling: 2x12 ceiling with dense pack cellulose.  Covered with 4” Rigid Mineral Wool.  R60 total.
  • Floor:  2x12 Floor with dense pack cellulose.  R43
  • WRB:  Solitex Mento 1000.  Seams taped with Tescon Vana tapes.
  • Rainscreen:  1x6 horizontal local hemlock over PT furring strip 
  • Windows:  Intus Eforte triple pane
  • HRV:  Lunos through wall. 
  • Heat / AC:  Mitsubishi Mr. Slim ASHP
  • Hot Water:  Steibel Eltron Tempra 20 Plus
  • PV:  5kW thin film.
Depending on finishes, they think the home can be built for $150k to $180k plus the PV array.


The finished houes
Exterior Wall Cavity

In the Huntington Homes factory

In the Huntington Homes Factory


On the road to California
Here is a video of all the energy features packed into the modular home by the Norwich University Solar Decathlon team

3 comments:

lavardera said...

They drove a module across the country? Crazy.

They should have done closed panels.

Coach said...

This is a 'one off' house built for a specific purpose. Saving money in transportation was not a factor. In years past several modular homes were shipped long distances to DC when the decathlon was held there.

Anonymous said...

I know the team at Norwich (as well as Middlebury and others) also consulted with PBS Homes in Claremont, NH on the Solar Decathlon project. Reaching out to and working with as many qualified modular energy experts as these teams have will keep the Northeast teams one step ahead in expos like the Solar Decathlon.