Cypress Club

  • Description: Since many construction concepts were new, Venture Homes designed and built a pilot home to achieve expertise in energy-efficient design and construction. Features include: electrical boxes with gaskets were used to provide an airtight seal with the drywall on walls, floors, and ceiling areas beside unconditioned space, deeper joists between the attic and the second floor allowed for less restrictive placement of ductwork, and condensing unit size was reduced to 2 tons, while its efficiency was raised to 12 SEER. During peak hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) air-conditioning power use for the pilot home was 28% less than for a standard home.

Weather Info:

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Elevation: 1033.0
  • Fact: 0.75
  • End Type: No
  • Regional Office: Atlanta
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2003-10-31
  • Visit: No

Specification 469

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Editor: Marcia Fratello
  • Modified: 2003-05-22 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Amelia
  • Floor Plan: Amelia mod
  • House Type: Prototype/Research House (G2)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 1379.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 11899.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Fiberglass batt
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: Gray asphalt shingles reduce solar heat absorption. Blown-in fiberglass insulation.
  • Wall Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Wall R Value: 13.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Foundation Type: Slab on grade
  • Foundation Insulation: None
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - clear
  • Window Framing: Aluminum with no thermal break
  • Window U Value: 0.649999976158
  • Window SHGC: 0.660000026226
  • Window Upgrades: No upgrades.
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Capacity: 50000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 80.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Other
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 2.0
  • Cooling SEER: 12.0
  • Duct Type: Flexible
  • Duct Location: Partially in conditioned space
  • Duct R Value: 3.29999995232
  • Air Distribution Location: Other
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Ductwork & AHU no longer in attic
  • Air Tight Upgrades: Housewrap over exterior sheathing. Drywall joints and penetrations are caulked or sealed.
  • Vent Type: Controlled supply
  • Vent Capacity: 120.0
  • IAQ Upgrades: 6" duct to air handler return with no fan or control.
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Naturally Vented
  • Hot Water Location: Garage
  • Hot Water Capacity: 50.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.540000021458
  • Other EE Upgrades: Open web floor trusses replace engineered joists to allow room for air ducts.
  • Energy Star Rating: Doesn't meet criteria
  • HERS Rating: 82
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 470

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Editor: Marcia Fratello
  • Modified: 2003-05-22 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Amelia
  • Floor Plan: Amelia
  • House Type: Base Case
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 1379.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 12000.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Fiberglass blown
  • Roof R Value: 30.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: Blown-in fiberglass insulation.
  • Wall Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Wall R Value: 13.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Foundation Type: Slab on grade
  • Foundation Insulation: None
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - clear
  • Window Framing: Aluminum with no thermal break
  • Window U Value: 0.649999976158
  • Window SHGC: 0.660000026226
  • Window Upgrades: No upgrades.
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Naturally Vented
  • Space Heating Capacity: 75000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 80.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Attic
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 2.5
  • Cooling SEER: 10.0
  • Duct Type: Flexible
  • Duct Location: Partially in conditioned space
  • Duct R Value: 4.19999980927
  • Air Distribution Location: Attic
  • Vent Type: No ventilation strategy
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Naturally Vented
  • Hot Water Location: Garage
  • Hot Water Capacity: 50.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.540000021458
  • Energy Star Rating: Doesn't meet criteria
  • HERS Rating: 80
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 812

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Floor Plan: Unknown
  • House Type: Unknown
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

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Additional Info

Field Value
Author Nancy Wells
Maintainer Nancy Wells
Last Updated September 16, 2016, 20:17 (Etc/UTC)
Created September 16, 2016, 20:17 (Etc/UTC)
Construction Type New Construction
Evaluation Level Test House
Climate Mixed - Humid
City Atlanta
State GA
Zip Code 99999
Phase Before 2010
Project Start Date 1999-03-01
Project Estimated End Date 1970-01-01
Project Actual End Date 1970-01-01
Completed House Count 2
Expected House Count 2
Energy Savings Percentage 15
Average Estimated Annual Source Energy (MMBtu) 1
Average Conditioned Floor Area (sqft) 1

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