Posted on November 23rd, 2008 – 10:07 PM
By Jason Hammond


This past year our house was an award winner for energy conservation and design from SIPA (the national organization for the Structurally Insulated Panel Industry). As a result of this honor an author of several home books by the name of Sheri Koones contacted us in consideration for our house to be featured in her newest book about pre-fab homes. Our house isn’t traditionally what most people invision when they say pre-fabricated homes, but because the walls of our house were constructed of SIPs in a factory our house is consider a pre-fab.

Late last week I received my second call from Sheri Koones letting me know that our house had indeed been selected to be featured in her latest book. I will be provideing her a couple of different images of the house for publication. One of the images that was requested was that of the house being constructed of the SIPs panels while the second is a finshed exterior shot. Since the current leafless surroundings of the house are less attractive than some of the shots taken this past summer when we had full foliage, I’ve decided to include one of those images instead.

So what does this type of recognition mean. My hope is that 20 or 30 years from now some of the awards and recognition mean that our house is valued at more than if we would have built something a little more traditional, and a lot less energy efficient. I would imagine the energy efficiency part will prove to be true, but as far as the recognition paying dividends, we’ll just have to wait and see.

3 Responses to "Recognition"

Damon says:

November 24th, 2008 at 9:07 am

Congratulations. The picture really shows what an amazing success your house is.

Hopefully more people will take your lead and think about not only their home’s impact on the environment but the design as well.

Connie says:

November 24th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Jason, the effect you hope for will set in. Your great country is a trendsetter in many ways, but I think in terms of building green, Europe is way ahead (with the U.S. catching up fast). Here, going green is an issue since 30 years. Energy has been a lot more expensive since decades, due to high taxes implemented to encourage investments in “green” energy and prevent waste and gas guzzlers.

As we all live on the same planet and face the same rising energy costs and shortages, it was only a matter of time until even the wealthiest country had to face reality.

Standards for new homes are extremely strict here and many “can be heated by some pushups”, like my father already predicted 25 years ago. Since the oil prices skyrocketed last Summer, there’s hardly any real estate listing that doesn’t point out the energy saving gadgets of a home. It’s harder and harder to sell homes that were built when oil was dirt cheap.

So your home is the future. It’s not overly large, it’s not in the middle of nowhere, it’s solid, well planned and built. You don’t need to worry about its appreciation. And the recognition will only add to its value.

Diane says:

November 30th, 2008 at 10:47 am

I sure hope it catches on. I’m struggling right now with re-sale vs cost of making this place more energy efficient. The bank and the various real estate agents say “No. There’s no pricing value added by invisible investements such as better insulation, new windows or a high effic. furnance, no matter how much energy you save.” But my neighbors and fellow green techs say “it will have to, maybe sooner rather than later in this economy.” Nobody wants to be the first. Fewer want to stand out from the status quo. The real estate business is all about cosmetics & image, conservative & status quo on business practices. I will stand and applaud the day when “green roof” and “rain garden” are trumpeted the way “granite coutertops” and “heated garage” are now.

Having written that, Big Congrats! Thanks again for being a willing pioneer and starting the parade into the future.

Now that you’re nearly famous can I have your autograph?