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The University of Missouri is a leading resource in energy efficiency in the Midwest. Our decades of experience have developed a business-oriented working knowledge in research and implementation of energy efficiency. Experts in mechanical, civil, industrial and environmental engineering, agriculture, architectural studies, atmospheric science, business and law, business development and improvement, and construction — are involved in advancing energy efficiency throughout the Midwest and the nation.

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MEERC research centers are active in multiple areas of technology and a growing number of areas of application of energy efficiency.  In addition, MEERC brings together the numerous other resources of the states land grant university, University of Missouri, and  affiliate academic institutions and organizations to provide a comprehensive offering of multidisciplinary capabilities to inaugurate and manage a variety of projects and initiatives to achieve agency and institution goals.

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Proud Green Home of St. Louis Relies on Advanced Framing

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis employs a number of green building techniques and products with the goal of creating a high-performance home for the family that will live in it.

Building Envelope: ZIP System Panels & Advanced Framing

By: Matt Belcher, Verdatek Solutions

While system components such as the HVAC will likely be upgraded in the future with technology advances, it makes sense to invest in building a better thermal envelope by taking more time to design and examine the finer details, and utilizing advanced materials and methods. Knowing that sustainability is as much about controlling costs and protecting future equity position for our homeowners, we placed a lot of emphasis in building an outstanding high performance system with the sheathing and framing because these are the bones of the home that will be in place for decades to come.

We chose the 7/16” ZIP System roof and wall sheathing from Huber and advanced framing techniques for the Proud Green Home project. Together these building systems offer a more durable, efficient building envelope than traditional framing and sheathing techniques.

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Subcontractors installing the framing and Huber ZIP system on Proud Green Home St. Louis. Photo Credit: Times 3 Photography

The home’s ZIP System creates a thermal envelope comprised of continuous, insulated panels sized from architect Curtiss Byrne’s plans. The panels were manufactured off-site from engineered, oriented strand board layered with a highly efficient insulating foam in the center. These continuous panels reduce the amount of seams in the thermal envelope to create a better barrier against air and moisture exchange. The ZIP System also meets the requirements for several green building codes, including the NGBS ICC-700 standards we are verifying Proud Green Home St. Louis through.

Similar to the modeling kits you may have used as a kid, once built the panels needed to frame the home were shipped to the site and fastened to the frame of the home by our subcontractors. The panels were then taped together using a specially constructed, permanent adhering tape to further reduce thermal bridging.

For the complete article, please visit proudgreenhome.com.