At Cullum Homes, we strive in building efficient homes. We sat down with our VP of Construction, Preston, to get all the details on our efficient home building techniques.
High Performing Wall Systems
At Cullum Homes, we construct many types of wall assemblies based on several different factors. On several of our community projects, where sound transmission is critical to abate, we use a product called ICF. ICF stands for Insulated Concrete Form, which is essentially a foam LEGO looking block that has rebar placed inside of it, and then is filled with concrete. It has a very high sound attenuation rating which is great for homes in close proximity. Another great wall system we use is a fully foamed 2×6 wall cavity. The foam offers a high insulation value along with an extremely tight air barrier. In addition to our exterior wall assemblies, we also fully insulate all of our interior walls within the home with a blown-in cellulose insulation, which not only helps with noise within the home but also helps to maintain temperature in each area.
High Efficiency Mechanical Systems
Quiet, Clean and Comfortable. These are the three requirements of our mechanical systems that each and every home is built on. We use Daikin's Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) inverter system to quietly and efficiently deliver conditioned air to each area of the home, at the desired temperature. Each sleeping space, common areas, and main living areas are all individually thermostatically controlled. The variable speed technology is not only more efficient, but is quieter and lasts longer than traditional unitary systems.
There are many other high performance construction details that go into a Cullum Home that differentiates us, such as:
- Low volt and LED lighting
- Insulation wrapped hot water lines
- Electric Tankless water heaters
- Aluminum/wood clad Thermally broken, dual pane, argon gas filled windows
- Solar and home orientation studies
- Elastomeric sealed base plates