Preparing the forms for concrete

Today is a fairly routine day for the concrete crew from Koball’s. They arrive and align the walls, then make room for the concrete ready-mix trucks from the plant in Rushford. The forms are topped off and pillar bases inside the house are squared and filled.

Other commitments kept us from watching the action today, […]

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Placing the forms

It’s a quiet, cool, overcast morning as I arrive at the site around 8. Our ‘neighborhood’ wildlife have been up for hours, but still linger; songbirds singing, an owl ‘hooting’ across the valley, a deer or two strolling along the edge of the woods and into the nearby fields. It’s easy to imagine how the […]

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Power to the site and forms delivered

The utility crew buried cables today and placed the power transformer, so we’re that much closer to having power at the site; they still need to connect to the grid and our electrician needs to place the temporary power junctions. We also received confirmation that a concrete crew is set to begin placing the foundation […]

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Weather Delays

We’d hoped to be working on the foundation walls today, but weather and schedules haven’t aligned, so we wait…it’s not that we’re overly anxious, but really—a few consecutive sunny, dry days really would be helpful for anyone working outside these days! Though after nearly two years of more drought than rain, we’re generally happy with […]

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Back on site this morning; today picks up where yesterday left off, with more sunshine than clouds—and a new group. A crew from Koball’s Poured Walls is on track to pour the footings today (before the next round of storms move in tonight and tomorrow!).

Just before setting the frames and forms, Jesse and Bruce […]

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Breaking Ground

On one hand, it was just another in a series of gray, overcast days similar to what we’ve experienced for the past six weeks—underscored by the fact that May set numerous records for the amount of rain we’ve had this spring. On the other hand, it was the day we’ve been anticipating for three years—in […]

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Lanesboro, Minnesota
Climate Zone 6 (cold/moist)
Latitude: 43° 44' 18'' N
Longitude: 91° 54' 48'' W

House Size

Net Treated Floor Area: 1,514 SF
Gross Square Footage (House only): 2,210 SF

Building Envelope

Roof: R-99
Wall: R-61
Ground: R-53

Windows & Doors

Glazing: U-0.10 BTU / hour / sq. ft.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): 0.48”
Frame: U-0.19 BTU / hour / sq. ft.

Modeled Performance

Specific Primary Energy Demand (Source Energy Demand): 12.1 kBTU / sq. ft. / year

Specific Space Heat Demand: 7.0 kBTU/sq. ft. / year

Peak Heating Load: 7,047 BTU / hour

Space Cooling Demand: 0.44 kBTU / sq. ft. / year

Peak Cooling Load: 3,625 BTU / hour

Pressure Test Goal: Whole House Air Changes Per Hour (ACH) = 0.4 ACH 50


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