Boulder Custom Home Builder Understands Green Building

Boulder custom home builder Bob Hughes is at it again. Hughes construction is finishing up an incredible green-focused remodel on the personal residence of well-know local Boulder architect Jim Logan.

From modern thinking like the engineered lumber used for framing, to the ancient art of reuse and recycling with the utilization of 100 plus year old bricks (low to no  ‘embodied energy’), Hughes has shown us again that he  understands a multitude of ways to incorporate green building techniques in a straight-forward and cost effective manner. He’s a Boulder green builder with the experience and insight to bring you comprehensive and effective solutions for your next home building or renovating project.

I absolutely love that we get to see this home before all of the green building products are hhidden. This is a view of the home just after insulation, doors and windows were in, to give you a rare peek at the guts of a project like this.

Check this out, it’s important if you’re into the truth about green building versus just smoke-screens. Hughes makes it a policy to do a blower door test on ALL his construction projects at two phases in the construction schedule. The first, and most important test is done before sheet rock and other finishing systems are in place. This way, the Hughes Construction crew can find any small leaks and REPAIR them before moving forward. Many other builders, who are perhaps less concerned with the reasons for the blower door test,  only do the blower door test at the end, which really doesn’t provide any opportunity for improvement of the home. After all, what good is a report that you can do little about?!

Starting from the outside, we can see the exterior is enveloped in closed-cell Styrofoam insulation. This provides two benefits; first, there’s an expected insulation advantage due to the typical addition of about an R5 per inch value in the Styrofoam itself, but I think even more important is the thermal break you get from this sheathing. Remember, those wall studs are thermal transmitters, and this thermal break of insulation interrupts that unwanted heat transfer.

Inside, you’ll see in the video how Icynene spray foam insulation was used in the walls and ceilings. This open-cell expanding foam gives excellent insulation value, and also does a tremendous job of sealing potential heat and air leaks. There are two key reasons why you see smooth walls but bumpy ceilings. Both are explained in the video, and directly relate to how Hughes works hard to find balance in the way he approaches green building success.

Hughes says one of his primary goals is to build sustainable homes from a number of different viewpoints. Today, that means having a keen understanding of everything from reuse of products (think the 100 year old bricks, LSL studs and joists), to renewable energy solutions (the Logan home utilizes a geothermal energy system for home heating and cooling), and of course efficiency measures (insulation and good home sealing).

In my view, Bob Hughes “nails it” for all of his clients when it comes to highly effective, spot-on custom green building for Boulder and beyond.

Call or email me today to learn more about green building, and to get a personal introduction to one of Boulder’s leading experts on green building and custom home building.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder


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