My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 10
Whoa… things are really starting to speed up around here… it’s getting more and more real every day!
We had our framing visit with Bernie, one of our Owensboro Superintendents. Bernie has been with Jagoe Homes for 33 years, since September of 1986, so I guess you could say he knows a thing or two! At a framing visit, Jagoe Homes invites the homeowners out to the home site with a Superintendent to take a look at the home after it is framed. There, the home owners also take a look at how the HVAC, electrical and plumbing is installed. During the visit, the Superintendent will walk through the entire home with the homeowner to provide a brief overview of what is installed and answer any questions.
Here are some photos from our Framing Visit:
After our Framing Visit, crews installed our roof and insulation.
Effective installation of insulation is very important for every Jagoe Homes’ high Energy Smart standard. In addition to the low-E insulated windows and doors, we also install highly efficient heating and cooling systems with programmable thermostats. All of the duct work must be properly insulated and sealed as well. When a home is at this stage in the building process, an inspector will come out and perform a Thermal Bypass to ensure that air sealing and insulation has been installed to this standard.
According to Energy Star, the checklist requires visual inspection of framing areas where air barriers are commonly missed and inspection of insulation to ensure proper alignment with air barriers, thus serving as an extra check that the air and thermal barriers are continuous and complete. So basically, it is an inspection of the wall and cavity insulation of a home. This must be done while the insulation is still exposed, and does not encompass the attic insulation, which is inspected later when a Blower Door Test is conducted.
A Thermal Bypass is important because it makes sure the insulation is installed properly so that heat transfers out of your home more slowly in the winter, and heat transfers into your home more slowly in the summer, thus saving the homeowner money on monthly energy bills. It also makes sure the home is sealed properly to prevent air exchange with the outside, which can also contribute to heat exchange.
In short, a Thermal Bypass is the second step in determining a home’s HERS Rating. Around the time a home is permitted, the HERS rater will “project” the HERS rating in a software that accurately builds the home and environment’s heat dynamics. That’s step one. Step two is the thermal bypass. Step three is the blower door and duct blaster air testing, which measures the leakiness of the duct work and the home overall. The HERS rating for a home is similar to the miles per gallon rating for an automobile.
Once my home passed it’s Thermal Bypass, it was time for Drywall!
And… they started installing my brick yesterday!!
This is by Brampton Brick, in their “Monroe” color, with brown mortar.