PROJECT PROFILE: La Posada Retirement Community | Tucson, AZ | View Project Profile (pdf)
“A 50 percent savings for the consumer is our goal on all power usage and much of that will happen by using structural insulated panels (SIPs) instead of wood frame construction. It’s one of the greenest products out there.” – Richard Barna, Pepper-Viner Homes
In a desert retirement community south of Tucson, Arizona, 35 energy-efficient homes rely on Premier Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to help lower heating and cooling costs for residents. The Park Centre Homes at La Posada being built by Pepper Viner Homes provide seniors 75 years and older with environmentally responsible individual residences. In conjunction with high-efficiency appliances, energy-efficient windows and doors, and other green features, the homes used SIPs for superior insulation and energy cost savings, comfort, indoor air quality and lower construction waste.
Energy-efficient home design is vital in all Park Centre homes. Exterior walls incorporate Premier SIPs that provide a solid, continuous insulation that will not compress over time. SIPs provide greater heat insulation, eliminate waste during construction, and improve the efficiency of heating/air conditioning equipment as well as indoor air quality. The Park Centre Homes at La Posada used Premier SIPs with a 6-inch thick foam core for the walls, providing an R-24 insulation value – about 26% better than walls of similar thickness built with studs and fiberglass batt insulation.
THE PREMIER SIPS SOLUTION:
Energy Efficient & Cost Effective: Structures regularly save up to 60% heating and cooling costs, significantly preserving fossil fuels
Fast Installation: Large prefabricated panels are easy to install. Training of framing crews in minimal, saving thousands on labor costs and building ‘dry in’ time
Healthy: Superior indoor air quality with reduced infiltration of outside pollutants, which can benefit those with respiratory ailments
Design Flexibility: Virtually any Type V design can accommodate SIPs
Environmentally Responsible: SIPs produce 30% less job-site waste than traditional construction
Easy to Operate: Tight building envelope reduces HVAC mechanical equipment sizes and related heating and cooling over the life of each building
Owner: La Posada, Not-For-Profit Continuing Care Retirement
Designer: Park Centre Homes
Project Size: 3 Floor-plans, 1,958 sq. ft., 2,195 sq. ft., & 1,669 sq. ft
Premier SIPs Used: 6″ Walls, 35 total homes