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The New Jersey LABhaus was built using five, factory-built modules to achieve a super tight and high performance envelope. You may be impressed to hear that the home boasts polyurethane SIP walls (R40), an insulated foundation (R13), insulation between floor levels (R19), and a roof assembly with 7″ of polyurethane foam, 5″ of blown cellulose, and 2-4″ of rigid foam (R60+). This combined with an on-demand hot water heater, an ultra-efficient heat pump and other energy efficient appliances and fixtures, make for a very low energy home. Although not yet installed, the home will be prewired and all set to accept a rooftop solar system.

The exterior is clad in a combination of synthetic stucco and fiber cement,for easy maintenance. Inside, the home features sustainably harvested hardwood floors, Kohler fixtures, Omnia steel hardware, Corian countertops, and Energy Star Jenn-Air appliances. The 2,438 sq ft, four bedroom, three bath house came in at budget of $340,000 — this equates to about $140 per square foot.

Coming in at 50-70% less than a similarly sized house on the east coast, with efficient efficient systems to lower utility costs, this home could act as a true model for creating more affordable housing.

Via Jetson Green