MeadowView and Others

  • Description: McStain Enterprises' new cottage-style homes and condominiums built under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Building America program are designed to greatly reduce energy costs and improve indoor air quality for their customers in Longmont, Colorado. In addition, energy-efficient features in the homes provide owners with greater durability and value, allow some buyers to qualify for special energy-efficient mortgages, and can result in higher resale values.
  • End Type: No
  • Regional Office: Denver
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-06-23
  • Visit: No

Specification 1

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Creekside Cottage
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 1.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Floor Area: 1902.0
  • Basement Area: 666.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 18121.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: trusses 24" oc
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Unconditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.360000014305
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Capacity: 75000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 2.5
  • Cooling SEER: 10.5
  • Duct Type: Sheet metal
  • Duct Location: Partially in conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Air Tight Upgrades: mastic sealing
  • Vent Type: Controlled exhaust
  • Vent Capacity: 150.0
  • IAQ Upgrades: central exhaust, variable speed fan with 2 inlets and backdraft damper, and controller/timer
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.610000014305
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 2

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Field Cottage
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 2051.0
  • Basement Area: 608.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 18160.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: trusses 24" oc
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Unconditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.360000014305
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Duct Type: Sheet metal
  • Duct Location: In conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Vent Type: Controlled exhaust
  • Vent Capacity: 175.0
  • IAQ Upgrades: central exhaust, variable speed fan with 3 inlets and backdraft damper, and controller/timer
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.610000014305
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 3

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Garden Cottage (Sales Model)
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 1.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Floor Area: 1348.0
  • Basement Area: 879.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 20795.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Unconditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.360000014305
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 2.5
  • Cooling SEER: 10.5
  • Cooling Upgrades: Air conditioning is not standard, but is installed on the sales model.
  • Duct Type: Sheet metal
  • Duct Location: Partially in conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Air Tight Upgrades: mastic sealing
  • Vent Type: Balanced supply and exhaust
  • IAQ Upgrades: Two-port exhaust with damper, supply air duct to air-handler return with manual and mechanical damper.Tamarack controls.
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.610000014305
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 4

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Meadow Cottage
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 2474.0
  • Basement Area: 822.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 23026.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Unconditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.360000014305
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Capacity: 100000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Duct Type: Sheet metal
  • Duct Location: Partially in conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Air Tight Upgrades: mastic sealing
  • Vent Type: Controlled exhaust
  • Vent Capacity: 150.0
  • IAQ Upgrades: central exhaust, variable speed fan with 3 inlets and backdraft damper, and controller/timer
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.610000014305
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 5

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Orchard Model
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 1723.0
  • Basement Area: 608.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 15300.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Unconditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Capacity: 100000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 3.0
  • Cooling SEER: 10.5
  • Cooling Upgrades: Optional high efficiency air conditioner. Highly insulated walll framing and low-emissivity windows help reduce the need for cooling in the Colorado climate.
  • Duct Type: Other
  • Duct Location: Partially in conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Vent Type: Controlled exhaust
  • Vent Capacity: 172.0
  • IAQ Upgrades: 3-port exhaust w/ damper & Tamarack controls, 6" supply air duct to air handler return w/ manual damper & air flow regulator
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.620000004768
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 6

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Woodland
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Floor Area: 1799.0
  • Basement Area: 909.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 19263.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof R Value: 38.0
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: trusses 24" oc
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Unconditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.360000014305
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Space Heating Capacity: 100000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Cooling Type: None
  • Duct Type: Sheet metal
  • Duct Location: In conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Air Tight Upgrades: mastic sealing
  • Vent Type: Controlled exhaust
  • IAQ Upgrades: Multi-port exhaust on bathrooms. Outside air duct to air handler return.
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.610000014305
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Other Awards: REM Design
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 273

  • Percent Energy Savings: 15
  • Submitted: No
  • Approved: Yes
  • Modified: 2008-05-05 00:00:00
  • Model Name: Cottage
  • Floor Plan: Orchard (Plan 5)
  • House Type: Production (G3)
  • Number of Stories: 2.0
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Floor Area: 2705.0
  • Basement Area: 608.0
  • Conditioned Volume: 24400.0
  • Roof Framing: Vented attic - truss framing
  • Roof Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Roof Radiant: No
  • Roof Upgrades: trusses 24" oc
  • Wall Insulation: Sprayed cellulose
  • Wall R Value: 19.0
  • Wall Radiant: No
  • Wall Upgrades: Instead of 2x4 framing, McStain is using 2x6 framing to allow room for thicker insulation. Prefabricated wall panels result in better quality control and less waste.
  • Foundation Type: Conditioned basement
  • Foundation Insulation: Fiberglass batts
  • Foundation R Value: 11.0
  • Window Glazing: Double pane - low-e
  • Window Framing: Vinyl
  • Window U Value: 0.360000014305
  • Window SHGC: 0.340000003576
  • Space Heating Type: Gas furnace
  • Space Heating Capacity: 100000.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency: 90.0
  • Space Heating Efficiency Type: % AFUE
  • Space Heating Location: Basement
  • Space Heating Upgrades: Energy-efficient features allow for a smaller heating system.
  • Cooling Type: Electric Air Conditioner (split system)
  • Cooling Capacity: 3.0
  • Cooling SEER: 10.5
  • Duct Type: Other
  • Duct Location: In conditioned space
  • Air Distribution Location: Basement
  • Air Distribution Upgrades: Centrally located and shorter heating and cooling ducts reduce air leakage and lower builder costs.
  • Air Tight Upgrades: mastic sealing
  • Vent Type: Controlled exhaust
  • IAQ Upgrades: 3-port exhaust w/ damper & Tamarack controls, 6" supply air duct to air handler return w/ manual damper & air flow regulator
  • Hot Water Type: Gas - tank
  • Hot Water Combustion: Sealed combustion
  • Hot Water Location: Basement
  • Hot Water Capacity: 40.0
  • Hot Water Efficiency: 0.620000004768
  • Other EE Upgrades: Design principles from Colorado's Green Builder program and Building America are used in all of McStain's homes to increase energy efficiency and help protect the environment. These include carpeting, decking, siding, and floor joists all made from recycled or resource-efficient materials. Sprayed cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled newsprint, is installed in exterior walls.
  • Energy Star Rating: Meets criteria but not labeled
  • Total Energy Savings: 15.0

Specification 811

  • 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

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Author Mari Friedrich
Maintainer Mari Friedrich
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 Cold
City Longmont
State CO
Zip Code 99999
Phase Before 2010
Project Start Date 1999-11-01
Project Estimated End Date 2003-01-01
Project Actual End Date 2003-01-01
Completed House Count 204
Expected House Count 204
Energy Savings Percentage 15
Average Estimated Annual Source Energy (MMBtu) 1
Average Conditioned Floor Area (sqft) 1

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