Windows In, Drywall Up, Bring on the Mud

It’s been a busy few weeks here at the zero-energy house headquarters, and it’s high time I posted some new pictures. Our triple-pane windows have been delivered and installed, and we’re really happy with them. I’m planning on writing a whole post about them when I have a few moments, but they have some pretty incredible features that will help us achieve our zero-energy goal. As ultra-insulated windows have become more common in the United States, the price has come down, and the company we chose, Vinyltek, was able to customize our window package with the special glass coatings we needed for about the same price as regular off-the-shelf windows from other manufacturers. We’re very pleased with how they came out, and we can’t wait to be able to sit by them this winter and not feel any cold drafts (as we do in our current apartment).

Also, the siding is now completely finished and waiting for paint (we’re testing colors this week), and the interior drywall is hung and taped. The drywallers may have mudded the walls today, but I haven’t had time to go over and check.The photos below are of the progress over the last month.

Before drywalling began, we made a last-minute addition of some extra fiberglass insulation between the floors and around all the interior walls. This was after talking with my dad about sound carrying between floors and with Nancy and Mark Vedder-Shults, who were kind enough to give us a tour of their beautiful  SIPs house in Madison, Wisconsin. They explained that sound carries pretty well through SIPs panels, which is kind of counter-intuitive, since they’re filled with foam. The fiberglass batting won’t make our house more insulated, but it will deaden the sound between rooms.

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