Alternative Construction Case Study: “Noopiming”
DAN VOS OF Vos Energy Concepts designed and built this home for John and Marsha Traxler Reeves. The property is special: 11 acres that open out to an old oxbow overflow from Michigan’s Muskegon River.
Vos used ICF construction for the walls (R-22) and I-joists for the roof (R-40), with glulam center beams and a frost-protected shallow foundation (R-22). The radiant heat floor is insulated with four inches of EPS underneath (R-22).
“These aren’t extravagant numbers, yet with a very tight house we achieved a HERS rating of 16 in a very cold climate,” says Vos. A 7.5-kW solar PV and solar thermal panel systems also helped achieve this impressive score.
Some trees were harvested from the site to gain solar access. Vos used trunks from these trees for porch posts, limbs for stair posts, branches for spindles and branch joints for drawer/door pulls. He sourced some oak which had been sawn up 20 years ago and planed it for the loft floor, trim and cabinetry.
“We essentially brought the outdoors in, which makes the clients very happy,” says Vos.