DOE Tour of Zero: Singer Village by Brookside Development LLC
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Brookside Development built this certified U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home on an estate once owned by a Singer sewing machine company heiress.
High-efficiency windows have double panes and insulated frames to let in light but keep the heat inside in winter and outside in the summer.
The interior finishes hide a high-performance insulation system that contributes to a low HERS Index Score of 45 without photovoltaic panels and more than $2,000 a year in expected utility bill savings.
Natural daylight fills the interior of the Brookside home.
Water-saving plumbing fixtures contribute to an EPA WaterSense certification.
A mix of advanced technology appliances and lighting are used throughout the home.
The dry-by-design wall system includes window and door flashing integrated with a continuous exterior thermal blanket.
The ultra-efficient insulation system starts with a layer of closed-cell spray foam to seal up any cracks or holes in the exterior walls, which is supplemented with fiberglass batts inside the walls and a continuous thermal blanket of rigid foam on the exterior of the wall framing.
Every ceiling seam and penetration of the home is sealed with expanding spray foam for comprehensive draft protection.
Three layers of insulation are included in the walls for enhanced comfort and quiet.
"... Just a joy to experience."
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"The benefit of living in a high-performance home is that it’s a lot cleaner and less work to take care of. You don’t get the dust and the bugs in the house because they can’t penetrate, the way the house is sealed. You don’t have the drafts. Your mechanical systems aren’t constantly going on and off. That’s just a joy to experience."
– Builder Mark Nuzzolo