Discovery House

  • Description: Overview:

Concept home, incorporating advanded technologies into a test house.

Key Partners:

McStain Enterprises, Building Science Consortium, Metal Mechanics Inc., Damon Industrial Solar Technology, Aspen Solar Systems

Energy Efficiency Measures:

R-44 roof, R-19 OVE walls, R-ll basement walls, High performance windows, 0.89 CAFUE heating, 0.83 CAEF Hot water, 17 SEER A/C

Other Features:

Solar hot water, ES appliances, CFL package

Weather Info:

  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Elevation: 5331.0
  • Fact: 0.870000004768
  • End Type: No
  • Regional Office: Denver
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2004-07-01
  • Visit: No

Specification 2335

  • Percent Energy Savings: 7
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Floor Plan: Unknown
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Total Energy Savings: 7.0

Specification 2375

  • Percent Energy Savings: 43
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Editor: Betsy Pettit
  • Modified: 2004-12-03 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Discovery House
  • Floor Plan: Discovery House
  • Style: Single-family detached, site built
  • House Type: Prototype/Research House (G2)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 2512.0
  • Basement Area: 636.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 34511.0
  • Surface Area: 8241.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 44.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: Dry Blown Cellulose
  • Wall Framing: Wood - 2x6 - 24 in o.c. (Advanced Framing)
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Sheathing: XPS
  • Wall Sheathing R Value: 4.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: R-19 2x6 24" oc (not OVE) damp spray cellulose, + 7/16" OSB exterior & R-4 3/4" Dow XPS unfaced, Obdyke wall slicker, 1/4" 4x9 cement board, siding, 1x2 finish battens exterior; MemBrain inter., R-19 2x6 cellulose 24" oc w. R-5 XPS to garage
  • Foundation Type: Conditioned basement/Unvented crawl space
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Slab Insulation: 5.0
  • Foundation Upgrades: Fiberglass batts w. vinyl facers draped on, walls (R-11) (no foam on walls) SLAB: 1" XPS and 6" EPS void material (~R-1.2)
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e - spectrally selective
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.34999999404
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Window Glazing Area: 512.0
  • Window Upgrades: Basement Windows: Vinyl frame double glazing U=0.46; SHGC=0.57
  • Space Heating Type: Hot water combo
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Capacity: 100.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Energy Proto: 100.0
  • Space Heating Energy: 149.0
  • Space Heating Fuel: Gas
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Lennox CompleteHeat AM61V-60C-100-1, 100 kBtu/hr, 0.88 CAE, 0.89 CAAFUE
  • Lighting Energy: 25.0
  • Lighting Energy Proto: 7.0
  • Light Appliance: 68.0
  • Light Appliance Proto: 49.0
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 3.0
  • Cooling SEER: 14.4499998093
  • Cooling Fuel: Electric
  • Cooling Energy Proto: 1.0
  • Cooling Energy: 9.0
  • Cooling Upgrades: Lennox HSX19 Series 14.45 SEER split system, Tamarack HV1000 whol house fans (x2)
  • Duct Type: Sheet metal
  • Duct Location: In conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Uninsulated metal w. mastic in bsmt, floor, joist spaces, and interior walls, fully ducted returns (first & second floors), 10% of high-speed air handler flow / 5% to outside
  • Air Tight Upgrades: BA specifications
  • Vent Type: Controlled supply
  • Vent Control: Duty Cycle (some operation in every hour)
  • Vent Capacity: 120.0
  • Vapor Barriers: Obdyke wall slicker, 1/4" 4x9 cement board
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 34.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.879999995232
  • Hot Water Energy Proto: 4.0
  • Hot Water Energy: 31.0
  • Hot Water Fuel: Natural Gas
  • Hot Water Upgrades: Lennox CompleteHeat HM61-100 in bsmt, 0.88 CAE, 0.83 CAEF, 100 kBtu/hr, 34 gallon
  • Energy Star Rating: Yes
  • HERS Rating: 89
  • Modeler's Name: BSC
  • Benchmark Version: 3.1
  • Total Energy Use: 282.0
  • Total Energy Use Proto: 161.0
  • Percent Energy Savings: 43.0
  • Total Energy Savings: 43.0

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Additional Info

Field Value
Author Betsy Pettit
Maintainer Betsy Pettit
Last Updated September 16, 2016, 21:26 (Etc/UTC)
Created September 16, 2016, 21:26 (Etc/UTC)
Construction Type New Construction
Evaluation Level Test House
Climate Cold
City Loveland
State CO
Zip Code 99999
Phase Before 2010
Project Start Date 2003-08-01
Project Estimated End Date 2004-04-01
Project Actual End Date 2004-04-01
Completed House Count 1
Expected House Count 1
Energy Savings Percentage 25
Average Estimated Annual Source Energy (MMBtu) 1
Average Conditioned Floor Area (sqft) 1

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