Efficient Greensboro house

Bill Slocum’s 996-square-foot house in Greensboro is super efficient. He used a combination of structural insulated panels for the walls, triple-glazed windows and cellulose in a trussed ceiling to keep the house sealed up tight.

As part of a series of tours of energy-efficient homes, spearheaded by the Craftsbury, Glover and Greensboro energy committees, the home of Greensboro carpenter Bill Slocum will be open to visitors on Saturday, May 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The home is at 670 Cemetery Ridge Road in Greensboro.

Slocum’s 996-square-foot house isn’t just beautiful; it’s also super-efficient. He used a combination of structural insulated panels for the walls, triple-glazed windows, and cellulose in a trussed ceiling to keep the house sealed up tight.

The concrete slab with 16 inches of sand and 8 inches of foam board underneath serves as an energy heat sink.

This house is so well sealed and insulated that Slocum usually makes a fire in the evening, lets it go out overnight, and it’s still 70 degrees the following evening. Even in the coldest winters, he burns only a cord of wood. Electric baseboards provide backup heat.

Slocum’s 50 years of building experience give him a broad understanding of which techniques and materials are best suited for an energy-efficient home and he’ll be happy to answer questions. Want to know the difference between energy recovery ventilation and heat recovery ventilation? How much of a difference is there really between double- and triple-glazed windows? What siding materials are the easiest to handle and stand up to the test of time? How much insulation will give you the best return on your dollar? Ask Slocum.

People can also learn about the energy committee’s window insert program coming this fall. Window inserts fit right over existing windows from the inside, dramatically reduce air and heat loss, provide more comfort, look beautiful, and are priced on a sliding scale. Essentially, they turn a single-pane window into a triple-pane window and are extremely affordable compared to a full window replacement.

Information: craftsburyenergycommittee@gmail.com.

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