Insulation Innovation in Anchorage
Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage partners with Cold Climate Housing Research Center, kbp architects and State Farm to Elevate the Standard of Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing
Anchorage, AK - Affordable housing providers, home builders, designers and community-oriented Habitat sponsors converge Thursday, Aug. 26, for a demonstration of insulation innovation; REMOTE wall technology. "This home will elevate the standard of energy efficiency employed in affordable housing" states Tamás Deák, Principal, kbp architects and designer of the home. "People are excited to see this in Anchorage and its use in affordable housing underscores the fact that affordable housing must also take into consideration the long-term cost of ownership. Habitat is excited to be learning about this new technology and we are eager to evaluate the gains in efficiency" boasts Craig Jaeger, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage.
State Farm, one of the lead sponsors of this project will also be in attendance, taking a break from volunteering on the jobsite to present a $7,500 State Farm Good Neighborhood Citizenship grant to Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage. Continuing more than three decades of efforts to create safer, stronger communities, State Farm is committed to strengthening neighborhoods and helping families achieve the dream of homeownership through philanthropic donations and local volunteerism. "State Farm has a tradition of supporting community organizations like Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage," State Farm spokesperson Walt Allen replies. "State Farm is committed to helping build safer, stronger neighborhoods. The State Farm volunteers on-site represent the passion of the company's 85,000 agents and employees, who connect us to the community."
Residential Exterior Membrane Outside-insulation TEchnique presents a superior alternative to standard frame construction. A REMOTE wall differs from a conventionally built wall in that the vapor barrier is applied to the outside of the sheathing, as opposed to the inside of the stud framing. Approximately two thirds of the wall's insulating value is then moved to the outside of the sheathing on top of the vapor barrier. The dew point is now located outside the moisture barrier and condensation within the building envelope is eliminated. The exterior insulation also eliminates concerns of thermal bridging in the framing, significantly increasing the effective R-value of the insulation. (Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Fairbanks)
Time & Location: Thursday August 26, 2010
Insulation Technology demonstration: 12 - 1 p.m.
State Farm Check Presentation: 1 p.m.
5314 Taku Drive Anchorage, AK 99508
(on the corner of the Glenn Hwy & Boniface Pkwy intersection)
About Habitat for Humanity - Anchorage
Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to building simple, decent homes in partnership with qualifying low-income families. Partner Families are mentored for successful homeownership, contribute sweat equity, then purchase their homes with interest-free financing. We invite everyone to join us as we seek to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action.
About State Farm
State Farm insures more cars than any other insurer in North America and is the leading U.S. home insurer. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve over 75 million auto, fire, life, and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.7 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com.