Owens Corning and Sloot Construction announce record quality of air tightness for Rotary Dream Home 2011
April 11, 2011
Last month, Owens Corning, in association with Sloot Construction Ltd. held the final Blower Door Test to test the level of air tightness on the completed home for this year’s Rotary Club of Guelph Dream Home Lottery. Valued at $682,000, the Ontario home was built with the “expert knowledge” of the Sloot Construction team, furnished with appliances and furniture, and outfitted with Owens Corning’s insulation products.
Organizers said the test found that the home had surpassed the energy efficiency of homes that meet the R-2000 energy rating, the pinnacle of energy efficiency in Canada and tested at 0.61 air changes per hour.
Compared to other energy programs in Canada, Owens Corning describe the home as:
• 2.5 times more energy efficient than R-2000 homes
• 4 times more energy efficient than Energy Star homes
• 5 times more energy efficient than Ontario Code Built homes
“This is one of the only homes in Canada that has been tested and met such a high standard of air-tightness–meaning increased energy efficiency to help cut down on energy bills,” said Owens Corning, manufacturers of Pink Fiberglas insulation and other energy-saving products.
“Owens Corning was our first choice when selecting an insulation company for this project,” said John Sloot, president of Sloot Construction. “We trust the quality and value of insulation products from Owens Corning for our construction projects and the results of the Blower Door Test prove that Owens Corning delivers reliable products for creating energy efficient homes.”
The home also underwent a previous Blower Door Test at the framing stage last December to test the air tightness of the home, which found that again, it had surpassed the standard of Energy Star homes at the delivery, or completed, stage of the building process.
“This is in part due to Owens Corning’s Pink Thermal Wall Foamular CodeBoard Air Barrier system which maximizes the energy efficiency of the home and helps cut down on energy bills,” said the company.
“We could not be more thrilled to collaborate with Sloot Construction for this project and help the Rotary Club with their annual fundraising initiative,” said Andy Goyda, market development manager, Building Materials Group at Owens Corning. “The expert knowledge of the Sloot team in combination with the energy efficient qualities of our products mean this home will help the winner of the contest save on energy bills the moment they move in.”
The 2011 Rotary Dream Home Lottery is raising funds for the Guelph General Hospital Medical Education Centre to provide leading-edge training for medical students and eventually encourage them to return as permanent physicians.
Tickets for the home are on sale NOW until July 1, 2011.