previous
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
  • Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
    Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
next
Pin It

Payback Time

A small house in Vermont goes above code to cut energy bills by more than half

Northern Vermont can endure brutal winters. Built beyond code standards, this 1500-sq.-ft. house ran up just $767 in its 2010 electricity and natural-gas bills. Dunbar Oehmig, president of the firm that built the home, describes how SIP construction and attention to air-sealing helped to create a supertight house. Additionally, the house uses a high-efficiency, modulating, condensing boiler for hot water; a wastewater heat-recovery device; fluorescent and LED lighting; a heat-recovery ventilator; and Energy Star appliances. Among the house's durable, low-maintenance materials is a green roof assembly with a lightweight growing medium over a filter fabric and root barrier.

Payback Time

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More