Here in the land of Yankee Barn Homes, we have recently had some amazingly big storms which can present a number of challenges to a house. These have included heavy wet snow (load bearing issues), freezing rain measured by the ice-coated inch, and copious amounts of snow accompanied by Arctic cold temperatures (at 22 below zero, think air leaks, freezing pipes, and heating systems which cannot keep up with poorly insulated walls and/or roof). We’ve pretty much seen it all the last three weeks, and given its early January, there’s certainly more to come. No problem – Yankee Barn Homes can handle whatever Mother Nature throws our way!
Energy Efficiency:Energy efficiency has been a defining characteristic of Yankee Barn Homes for the past 40 years.
- The Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package utilizes highly efficient windows, doors; polyisocyanurate insulation and meticulous house wrap detail to create an impeccably sealed “building envelope”.
- For additional energy efficiency, clients may choose to upgrade their Yankee Barn Homes with additional insulation in the True Wall and True Roof panels. The True Wall panel can be upgraded to an R-value of 37.2 and the True Roof panel as high as an R-value of 66.5!!!
Each Yankee Barn home is designed to take passive solar gain into account.
Sustainable Materials: Yankee Barn Homes takes quality and sustainability into account when selecting the materials to be used in our Shell Packages. Only the best materials with the smallest environmental footprint become key components of our homes.
- Our new Douglas fir timbers are sourced from members of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
- The polyisocyanurate insulation in a Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package is much better for the environment than polystyrene, the common alternative. Polystyrene contains a particular type of hydro fluorocarbon that is 1,430 times a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. It would take 65 years of greenhouse gases saved by this insulation to offset the damage this hydro fluorocarbon does! It only takes 2.7 years to offset the greenhouse gases emitted during the production of polyisocyanurate.
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Okay winter, Bring It On. Yankee Barn homes are up to the task, and then some!