Beazer Goes Big – Aerobarrier Key in Achieving Zero Energy Ready Homes
In the pursuit of sustainable and energy-efficient housing, Beazer Homes has set a remarkable precedent by committing to achieve the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home™ (ZERH) certification on every home they build by the end of 2025. This ambitious goal required careful planning and innovative solutions, leading Beazer to partner with Aeroseal Envelope and use Aerobarrier as a critical component of their strategy.
Building Towards Sustainability
Building several thousand homes annually across 16 metropolitan areas to meet ZERH certification standards is no small feat. It demands meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to finding solutions that are both effective and scalable. Beazer Homes recognized the importance of addressing air leakage, a significant contributor to a home’s energy use, accounting for 25-40% of heating and cooling energy consumption.
Jim Moore, Senior Vice President of Operations at Beazer Homes, emphasized the importance of achieving airtightness to meet ZERH requirements. “We set the goal of reducing our homes’ energy use by about half to achieve ZERH,” Moore stated. AeroBarrier emerged as a crucial solution to this challenge, offering the capability to consistently achieve the required level of airtightness – at least 1.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50).
The AeroBarrier Advantage
AeroBarrier’s innovative technology has revolutionized the process of sealing building envelopes, providing Beazer Homes with a reliable and efficient solution. By filling holes, cracks, and crevices with precision, AeroBarrier ensures consistent airtightness levels, verified through continuous blower door tests. This capability enables Beazer to achieve ZERH certification on every single-family home they build.
Delivering Cost Savings and Environmental Benefits
Apart from meeting ZERH requirements, AeroBarrier has delivered tangible cost savings for Beazer Homes. By eliminating the need for flash foaming the attic-side of drywall ceilings, Beazer can save approximately $1500 per house, demonstrating the economic viability of sustainable building practices.
Moreover, the benefits of air sealing extend beyond energy efficiency. A tighter building envelope reduces the risk of condensation, enhances the durability of the home, improves indoor air quality, and creates a quieter living environment for homeowners. These environmental and health advantages underscore the holistic value of AeroBarrier in modern home construction.
A Model for Sustainable Building
Beazer Homes’ partnership with Aeroseal Envelope exemplifies how production builders can achieve Zero Energy Ready Homes profitably and efficiently. By prioritizing quality, sustainability, and innovation, Beazer Homes sets a precedent for the industry, delivering better homes to homeowners across the country.
In conclusion, AeroBarrier plays a pivotal role in Beazer Homes’ journey towards sustainability, empowering them to build homes that not only meet stringent energy efficiency standards but also enhance comfort, durability, and environmental stewardship. As the demand for sustainable housing continues to rise, partnerships like these pave the way for a greener and more sustainable future.
For more information about AeroBarrier and its role in sustainable building practices, visit aeroseal.com/aerobarrier. Join us in building a future where every home is energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.