What people have said about AIP:
At first I held reserved excitement about your home but after seeing it dried in, I’m a fan of your product. First time I have seen double digits on a blower door test. Please send me the heating demand calculation for the house so we can pair it with a worthy unit that is not grossly oversized.
Thank you for your time.
Just a hello. The cabin was wonderful this winter. I spent weeks at a time up there. During the cold snap that seemed to last forever, neighbors were freezing their ankles off. I was snug and cozy. The heat was even everywhere, which I find amazing for space heating with no active circulation. Keeping humidity down was not a problem. I left a basement window cracked and used the woodstove on the upper floor as an exhaust vent. Crude, but effective. Humidity stayed right around 45%.
When I wasn’t there, the little Hearthstone propane stove set at 45° kept the place from freezing. I had winterized the water – just in case – but everything functioned just fine. That little stove, maximum output of 18,100 BTU/hr, is also capable of easily heating the entire cabin above 70° when it is minus 28°.
We side this spring and do the solar installation in June. Hope all is well with you.
"...made for the cold"
“My name is Humphrey Keyes and I am the housing director for the Native Village of Emmonak located at the mouth of the Yukon River. I was introduced to Ron Burkhardsmeier and things just went from there. We purchased in good faith, homes that we bought from R-Valued Homes (made with AIP SIPs) were the way to beat this cold climate that we have here in the state, and at times the barometer dips to the temperature of minus 45° or more with the wind chill.
After construction was completed an elderly woman of 80+ had moved into the house and after about ten days of minus 15 to 20 below, and with wind chill at 40 below, one evening she had asked her son to bring her to the Eskimo dance practice that we attend every evening. The home being toasty 70 degrees and the weather down to -25 she didn’t realize that the weather still had not warmed up and she thought that the weather had gone up above zero since that the house was warm at 70 degrees. Her son told her that the weather had not warmed up yet and she was surprised at how warm the house was at the time of the cold spell.
Before the construction of these homes I was sort of skeptical, but after hearing this from an elder I am sure that these homes are made for the cold and for the climate that we have here in the lower Yukon River.”
Emmonak Trival Housing Director
Emmonak, Alaska 99581
Easy to Build.
Just wanted to let you know how happy we are with your building system package we purchased from R-Valued Homes. As owner/builders we found the construction method to be uncomplicated and the blueprints easy to understand. The construction saved us both time and money and the house is very energy efficient. We receive compliments daily. The people who see the house are always interested to learn that it was not built using conventional stick framing. They love the open beam ceilings and how open and large the interior looks.
Thank you for all your help when we had questions. It was a pleasure to have you there to help us. Also tying for the Governer's Award for energy rated homes for 2002 was the perfect ending to the project. We would recommend a package from R-Valued Homes to anyone interested in using SIPs to build a new home, and we have.
Stephen & Velda
The contractor commented that he has worked on several SIP projects and this was the first one that he has not had any problem with. “It went together really easy, everything fit and it is a slick system”. It took five days from start to roof sheeted.