Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Georgia builder sees advantages in energy-efficient flooring and wall sheathing
Al Durden, construction supervisor for SF Communities in Macon, Ga., builds quality residential homes in Macon and surrounding communities throughout Middle Georgia. Recent alterations in SF Communities’ standard construction practices require Durden to build quieter, more energy-efficient homes.
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Al Durden, construction supervisor for SF Communities in Macon, Ga., builds quality residential homes in Macon and surrounding communities throughout Middle Georgia. Recent alterations in SF Communities’ standard construction practices require Durden to build quieter, more energy-efficient homes. By using AdvanTech flooring and ZIP System wall sheathing, Durden is not only meeting the new standards, but is realizing significantly increased overall homeowner satisfaction in the homes built by SF Communities.
“AdvanTech flooring and ZIP System wall sheathing was originally presented to me on trial basis, but after a handful of builds, I’ve personally seen the benefits we can create for our homeowners including quiet, stiff floors and overall a more energy-efficient home,” said Durden. “With new changes in energy code testing expected to be implemented this summer in the state of Georgia, we are already prepared to meet those higher standards thanks to ZIP System sheathing. We’ve found that by using the product, our homes are achieving approximately 25 percent greater efficiency than required by new regulations.”
ZIP Systemroof and wall sheathing are structural panels that have built-in protective barriers which eliminate the need for felt, H-clips and housewrap. The seams of the roof and wall panels are taped using ZIP System tape, which provides moisture resistance for seams, valleys and ridges. Since ZIP System roof and wall sheathing are faster to install than traditional methods and provide an instant 180-day rough dry-in, builders can schedule subcontractors sooner, ultimately completing the house in less time.
AdvanTech flooring has greater water resistance, design bending strength and stiffness than commodity oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood, which can tend to swell, warp and require rework. It provides a limited 50-year transferable warranty and a 300-day no-sanding guarantee. Furthermore, Advantech flooring diminishes floor squeaks, bounce and moisture-related construction delays.