March 30, 2010
NAPPANEE, IN - New Energy Homes, a division of Borkholder Buildings in Nappanee, IN, is taking an active role in the green building movement with its new “Zero Energy” homes.
The company’s first home was finished in late 2009 and is located at 806 E. Market Street in Nappanee. It features a geo-thermal heating system, energy efficient appliances, advanced framing techniques and standing seam cool metal roof with integrated laminate solar panels that provide the energy for the home. Insul-Tarp® Under Slab Insulation was used to insulate the concrete floor and Wraptor® Plus Reflective House Wrap was used as a secondary weather barrier behind the fiber cement siding.
A well-planned design and careful integration of the home’s energy efficient technologies allow it to produce as much energy as it consumes, contributing to its designation as a 2010 Nation Frame Builder’s Association “Building of the Year.”
“We believe energy costs are going to be one of the most significant expenses in somebody's life in the near future and so addressing that need we felt was very important,” said Dwayne Borkholder, President of Borkholder Buildings.
For a price similar to conventional construction (as low as $100/sf), New Energy Homes has accomplished what few in the building industry have – affordable “Zero Energy ” construction.