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Building For Performance
Beyond Existing Building & Energy Codes
Building a project to comply with the minimum requirements of the code systems doesn’t give our clients the best buildings for the price; it delivers the worst
and yet still be in compliance.
New government initiatives are helping builders to understand the reasons, the benefits and the processes involved in constructing more efficient residential and commercial buildings. Here’s a fairly comprehensive overview (47 page ebook) from the U.S.Department of Energy on “Building Beyond the Codes”
Abide Systems Has Answers
The 2009 IECC codes are now in effect in many parts of the country and in New England. In 2012 even more stringent IECC codes are coming out – and the residential, commercial and multifamily building industries will have to deal with these code requirements in a rapidly changing, unpredictable economic environment.
Abide Building Component Systems (ABCS) is a high production, multi-trade contractor providing high efficiency, high performance engineered building envelope solutions for less than the cost of conventional construction.
What exactly does this mean?
We install these building components
- - ● Foundations
- ● | Structures / Wood and Steel Frames
- ● | All Insulation and Waterproofing
- ● | Openings / Windows, Skylights and Entry Door Systems
- ● | Mechanical Systems / ALL HVAC
- ● | Radiant Systems, Passive Ventilation and Solar Heat
- ● | Environmental Automation Systems
- - ● Solar Power Systems / Photovoltaics
Why These Systems?
We see the building’s envelope as metaphorically equivalent to an anatomical diaphragm, responsible for maintaining the quality of the environment within.
The above trades share intrinsic co-dependencies in a high performance environment. For instance, the building’s foundation and frame (shell or skeleton) are inter-dependent as they share contiguous subdermal insulative layers which must completely envelope both the interior and exterior.
Above all other components the above trades are inextricably linked, and our Passivecore™ technology specifically accomodates them.
Passivecore™ Brings It All Together
An insulating air distribution multiplexer, our patent pending Passivecore™ element, is integrated into the shell after the framing is complete – before following trades get started, before the spray foam insulation (also a supplemental air-infiltration barrier) is applied – and ultimately connected to the air handling systems.
Besides being part of the building system’s insulation, it’s a component of the Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) mechanical system (HVAC), humidity control system, solar-heating and passive air circulation systems, as well as a conduit for the electrical wiring and an insulative buttress for domestic hot and cold water piping.
The high-efficiency mechanical components we install are easy to service, carry a minimum 5 year manufacturer’s warranty, and provide unexcelled performance under all weather and environmental conditions. Our insulated Passivecore™ manifolds connect the building’s respiratory system, insulation and skeleton together to form the basic anatomical diaphragm of the system.
The Environmental Control system directs the automation and selective processes of the diaphragm; specifically programmed to the control system components according to the inhabitants desires. It controls not only the mechanical systems, but also the lighting, security, alarm systems, appliances and other electrical devices – and completely controllable from any smart-phone or computer connected to the internet from anywhere on the planet.
More Reasons Why We Specialize In These Trades
1. The insulation is the common element to all these systems, and when installed by an independent insulation contractor the cost is 2 to 4 times more expensive than fiberglass or cellulose, which in any case does not meet our criteria for supplemental air-barrier or insulation.
2. We engineer the structure to accommodate our Passivecore™ element with two different insulation systems; the construct is built exactly according to our exclusive design.
3. The SDHV mechanical systems (Small Duct High Velocity such as Comfort-Aire, Unico and Spacepak), we install are specifically configured by the manufacturers to be used with Abide System designs.
Note: To the builder’s bottom line… these (or other HVAC systems) are likely to be significantly more expensive for comparable SEER rated systems when installed by an independent HVAC contractor.
4. When Abide Systems contractors construct and install all of these system components in a single contract, our costs, overhead and profits are equalized, and our price is noticeably less than having three separate subs do the same work.
5. Included in all of our contracts, Abide Systems provides
two years worth of service at no additional charge,
- ● An annual weatherization inspection (air-infiltration, caulking and maintenance)
- ● Semi-annual systems maintenance (filters, cleaning, systems calibrations)
- ● Annual thermography analysis and report
- ● Additional annual maintenance programs available after 2 years
- ● Extended warranty programs up to 20 years also available