“My pledge to anyone who buys a Kasprzak condominium is that your home will deliver years of exceptional performance, comfort and savings, while also being environmentally friendly.” Steve Kasprzak, President Kasprzak Homes, Inc. Hybrid Energy Saving Construction… Taking a Closer Look Walking around any home, it’s almost impossible to tell what energy saving features the building offers. Most are hard to see by a simple visual inspection. • Are the walls and roofs well insulated, producing a high R-value? • Are the windows double or triple thermo pane glass? • Is the heating system efficient and cost effective? • Is there an exterior wall thermal barrier? Answers to these and other related questions helps determine just how energy efficient any home really can be. Energy efficiency and performance is what Hybrid Energy Saving Construction is all about. For our company, this means the application of state-of-the-art architectural design and building techniques, combined with the careful selection of premium components, including insulation, windows, heating systems and alternative hot water solar energy systems. For the owner, combined, these elements deliver energy saving performance and benefits… now and for the future. Building Energy Efficient Homes Since 1973 As a family company, started over 40 years ago, Kasprzak has built more residential homes and condominiums in Maine than any other company. For quality, energy savings and reliability, Kasprzak designed and built homes have always outpaced the competition. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to energy efficiency and performance no matter the size or configuration of the homes we build. For example, a Kasprzak condominium with an average of 1,900 square feet of living space typically requires only 600 to 700 gallons of fuel oil annually for the combined baseboard heat and domestic hot water. Now, we offer more options that can help reduce oil and electric consumption even further. Key reasons why our condos are more energy efficient than the competition: • Exterior, thermal barrier walls with energy board insulation • High Efficiency rated Viessmann boilers • High Efficiency rated, triple glazed Hybrid windows by Paradigm • Optional Viessmann Solar Collector for domestic hot water • Energy Star ® Rated Appliances
Exterior Thermal Barrier Walls Thirty years ago, Maine’s building code standards for exterior wall insulation increased from R-13 (3½ inches of fiberglass) to R-19 (6 inches of fiberglass). At that time, most homebuilders switched from 2 x 4 wall construction to 2 x 6 wall construction to accommodate the 6-inches of insulation. Bay window framing Bay window insulated with thermo barrier insulation A non-Kasprzak home built with 2X6 inch walls and fiberglass insulation. Dark areas indicate heat loss and cool temperatures. This meant everywhere there was wood framing in the wall, there was no insulation between the cold outside air and the heated interior space. This solid wood area in a 2 x 6 framed wall typically represents 20% of the wall area, and has only a R-7.5 value across these wood members as compared to R-19 for the 6 inches of fiberglass. Photos: Wydevue Residential Energy Services, LLC Note: R-Values are per manufacturers’ product specifications Conversely, Kasprzak-built homes at that time, met the new code requirement of R-19 with 1-inch thick energy board insulation, (R-6) and 3½ inches of fiberglass (R-13) between the 2 x 4 studs for a total R-value of 19. One inch thick energy board has an aluminum foil face and is taped at all of the joints, creating a thermal barrier across all of the wood framing in the exterior walls. The infrared photographs below demonstrate energy loss and shows how effective the thermal barrier is in minimizing heat loss. Triple Glazed Hybrid Windows Multiple Glazings Low-E Coating Krypton Gas We specify the multiple-glazed Paradigm Hybrid window made here in Maine. These premium windows offer a ¾ inch triple glazing with two Low-E coatings as well as Krypton gas. This window offers a value of R-5.6; almost double the R-value of its competitors. We believe that this engineered window supplies significant energy savings compared to windows with much lower R-values. Left bay window is single pane glass, right bay window is double thermopane glass. Darker colors indicate heat loss. A Kasprzak built condo with 2X4 inch walls and 1-inch thick energy board showing minimal heat loss.