How do we define quality construction? From your foundation to your roof, we provide a complete building structure that features a family of integrated products. Used together they streamline construction, dramatically lower energy use, create incredibly comfortable interiors, and produce healthy environments.
Homes built like ours, with a tighter energy envelope, have fewer air leaks. This is a great benefit, however; it also makes it more difficult for harmful gases like radon to escape naturally through those leaks. Radon Guard™ is a sub-slab depressurization panel that is installed between the soil (where the radioactive gas is produced from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils) and your foundation slab. Radon Guard™ allows for safe soil gas removal and provides a capillary break between the ground and the air barrier system.
Radon Guard™ is a two-in-one product. With one installation, you are able to mitigate radon gas infiltration and add a layer of insulation under your foundation. Up to 25% of energy loss in your home can come from your foundation / crawlspace.
One reason PrecisionCraft chooses to use ICFs is because they are a great solution for quickly building foundation walls for our custom, complex footprints. Pre-formed EPS (expanded polystyrene) blocks can help concrete subcontractors easily lay out a foundation, exactly as it was drawn. It also removes a step from the process, by simultaneously providing the required layer of insulation.
PrecisionCraft uses Advantage® brand ICFs, produced by our sister company. ICFs are made of EPS (expanded polystyrene) which, when combined with the concrete inside, provide an R-value of R-23.5 (vs R-8.8 of typical batt install).
With a tight energy-envelope it is imperative that your home have a properly configured mechanical system (HVAC). PrecisionCraft will commission a Manual J to calculate the accurate heating and cooling loads for your home. We will also include the Manual S (system selection), and Manual D (duct design). These worksheets will be added to your construction documents and ensure that your builder and HVAC technician install a system that keeps your interior air conditioned, healthy, and comfortable.
You reduce energy consumption when your mechanical system is sized correctly. Over-sized furnaces and air conditioners tend to short-cycle, turning on and off more quickly than they are designed to do. Starting the cycle uses the most energy, so the more it stops and starts, the more energy it is using.
PrecisionCraft’s log and timber building systems are designed to meet engineering values including seismic,high snow loads, and hurricane-force winds. We do this through our proprietary Houseal Non-Settling Systems and by using steel Timberlinx connections.
For centuries, people who lived in log homes have experienced a higher level of interior comfort than those in a traditionally-built home. The reason is that the thermal mass of the solid log wall acts like a thermal battery. Learn more about the energy efficient qualities of thermal mass from the NAHB Log & Timber Homes Council Report.
Exterior walls that do not feature full log construction, are built using SIPs manufactured by our sister company, Insulspan®. Insulspan provides pre-cut, “Ready-to-Assemble” panels produced directly from your M-T-N design specifications. “Ready-to-Assemble” panels speed construction time – which saves you money. Insulspan is the only SIP manufacturer that has code listings for their SIP system in both the United States (ICC) and Canada (CCMC).
Insulspan Brand SIPs provide R-values reaching up to R-25.4 (typical batt-filled wall performance = R12.8). SIPs also provide continuous insulation, which greatly reduces air infiltration. With SIPs, your home will feel comfortable all year round and energy costs will be reduced through the entire life of the home.
Thicker walls with higher R-values are also available.
SIPs are an ideal solution for mountain style home roofs. Most of our homes feature roofs with large log and timber ridge beams, purlins and rafters. Large-panel SIPs lay right on top, speeding construction. They are also capable of handling very heavy snow loads with ease.
It is estimated that at least 25% of potential energy loss from your home is through the roof. With continuous insulation reaching up to R-50, SIP roofs are ideal for keeping conditioned air inside your home where it belongs. This is especially beneficial for the vaulted areas that are often found in mountain style homes. Spaces below retain a more consistent temperature and use less energy to keep conditioned.