Watching Your $ Go Through The Roof Or Keeping It Inside !

We’ve been building custom homes for over 45 years & are always looking for ways to improve our overall quality without stretching the budget . The Green Building Revolution is rapidly bringing new products to the market to make our houses better & save energy costs. I’ve always hated looking up & seeing those ugly attic access panels and kneewall access doors in the 1/2 walls . The other problem is that no matter how much weatherstripping you put around the casing & how carefully you put the insulation on top of ths sheetrock panel – it leaks heat ! I know we’re also constantly repainting the sheetrock panel from all the Plumber’s , HVAC Installer’s & Electrician’s fingerprints . At the 2008 IBS Homeshow , we finally found a product that solves these problems ! Skuttle Tight ( www.skuttle-tight.com ) is an all-in-one attic entry system . The ceiling access ( Model ST-100 ) door & frames are made out of high impact plastic , which is paintable , comes with internal weatherstripping & the EPS foam gives you an R-40 insulating value ! The kneewall panel ( Model ST200-SW ) is similar but has 2 built-in latches & the EPS foam gives you an R-19 ! The other nice feature is that you can install them with the drywall so you can spackle them right in with no ugly casing ! I used Skuttle Tight for the 1st time last summer in my 1st Certified Energy Star / Green Home (which scored GOLD ) & watched with amasement as the thermal imaging camera went over the access panel & it barely looked any different from the R-50 Fiberglass insulation next to it . The Green Verifier / Energy Star Rater , Pete Vargo , said he was “so impressed he was going to put one in his own new house” ! Last Saturday , I replaced my own 2 sheetrock attic access panels with 2 Skuttle Tight units . I ordered a whole skid of ceiling & wall accesses & I’m now using them as standard in all my new homes ! Please let me know what new Green Products you’re seeing out there ! Keepin’ it Green !

About EdNiklesJr

For over 47 Years , we have Specialized in Lot / House Packages . While we are widely known for our Award Winning One of a Kind Custom Homes , we also build Entry Level Starter Homes , Vacation Homes , Retirement Homes , Green / Energy Star Homes , Aging-In-Place Homes, Universal Design / Accessible Homes and Larger Additions & Renovations . We are a Design / Build Company with our own In House Architect . We firmly believe every home should make an expressive statement about it's owner , but also keep a close watch on the overall budget with our computerized estimating system .
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