Coveside Rd., P.O. Box 153
Bristol, Maine 04568
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 22, 2006
RELEASE: Par/PAC Inc. building a PASSIVE SOLAR
demonstration home at Christmas Cove destined for the
U.S. Department of Energy's web site as a prescriptive
guideline for builders of energy efficient "green"
Christmas Cove, Rutherford Island, South Bristol, Maine,
May 5, 2006 . . . Putting Mother Nature's radiant energy
to work in the form of free winter heat from passive
solar for new homes got underway this spring in South
Bristol. Par/PAC Inc., a builder/developer, broke
ground on a uinquely designed 3,434 square foot PASSIVE
SOLAR ThermSmart home. The goals of the project are
to provide the U.S. Department of Energy with a step
by step replicabable prescriptive design format for
builder use anywhere in America. A second goal is to
demonstrate a cost-effective answer to soaring residential
Munson, Par/PAC Inc. president, pointed out that
people are shopping for more fuel-efficient automobiles
by analyzing the "CAFE" standards posted on
new cars. They should also be seeking answers as to
the energy efficiency of the homes they are buying.
Allen, Maine's fifth term First Congressional District
Representative and member of the House Committee of
Energy, has agreed to submit the completed par/PAC
Inc. ThermSmart PASSIVE SOLAR SYSTEM to the U.S. Department
of Energy for consideration as a set of practical guidelines
for builders who want to join the challenge of helping
to free Americans from their slavish dependence on imported
fossil fuels for home heating and cooling.
a recent meeting in Portland, Congressman Allen and
his chief of staff, Mark Ouellette, signed onto the
passive solar prescriptive demonstration home concept
out of their belief that every American should pitch
in to support this noble, patriotic cause. What better
way than to demonstrate to builders and prospective
home buyers how to capture free radiant energy winter
heat from Mother Nature with passive solar design specifications
that work without moving parts and/or the need for added
budget-busting active solar roof mounted panels and
Munson, par/PAC's president, who has lectured
on energy efficient construction techniques in China,
Australia and in Europe, announced that par/PAC
Inc. has employed the services of Bruce Torrey of Building
Diagnostics Inc. of East Sandwich, Mass., to collaborate
on the PASSIVE SOLAR prescriptive guidelines for builders
that would be applicable to any sized home to be built
in climates where winter cold or summer heat is a driving
force in the cost of staying warm and/or cool as well
as comfortable and safe. An estimated 40% of America's
imported fuel is used for home heating and/or to generate
the energy for air conditioning.
first phase of construction featuring an in-floor radiant
heating system was completed April 29. Poland Plumbing
and Heating of Bristol worked cooperatively with McClintock
Foundations Inc. of Nobleboro to complete the pre-framing
phase ahead of schedule.
first of the delivery of building materials including
formaldehyde-free engineered Advantech floor sheathing
were being delivered by Handcock Lumber. Kevin Handcock,
Handcock Lumber's president and CEO, added his company's
support to the patriotic cause by agreeing to hold his
company's lowest cost competitive bid pricing firm throughout
the duration of the PASSIVE SOLAR demonstration home
project due for completion by September 1.
supporters of the project include Sewall Electric, Gallant
Artesian Wells, Ace Insulation of Bucksfield and construction
financing by the First Bank of Damariscotta.
construction division, Riessen Construction, located
near Omaha, Nebraska, was brought in to provide design
consulting and framing supervision.
explained that all passive solar homes start with a
tight, well-insulated south-facing airtight shell combined
with windows with low "e" glazing. The ratio
of glazing conforms to the accepted ratio of 7 percent
glazing to the total floor area. The windows in the
demonstration home are Visions 2000® all-vinyl casement
eyebrow windows and patio doors, each with low "e"
glazing consisting of two panels of glass, one with
a Low E2 surface and an argon gas-filled insulating
airspace. "They are produced by Weather Shield®
Windows & Doors, a Medford, Wisconsin-based manufacturer
with an exceptional reputation for quality," said
unique ThermSmart structural design by par/PAC
Inc. is intended to absorb passive solar heat gains
by the interior thermal mass of the structure during
sunny days and slowly release that heat after sunset
to help maintain comfort levels. Cloudy, overcast days
reduce passive solar heat gains. When that happens,
the in-floor radiant heat is used to maintain comfort
energy performance of the design will be double-metered
to separate non-heating appliance electrical usage from
lighting and miscellaneous electrical use. Upon completion
of the passive solar demonstration home, thermography
and depressurization blower door testing will be conducted
by the Building Diagnostics engineer, Bruce Torrey.
An air infiltration (L/R . . . leak ratio) of less than
.9 air changes per hour at 50 pascals is the performance
goal, said Munson.
complete diary of all construction and design/materials
will be maintained consistent with the Sustainable Building
Industries Council's green building guidelines.
keeping with the United States Green Building Council
guidelines, cellulose insulation will be used in the
par/PAC ThermSmart design. The par/PAC system,
originally patented in 1993, has been proven to reduce
heating and cooling energy usage by 50 percent or more.
"The cellulose [90 percent recycled content] greatly
outperforms fiberglass in thermal resistance by a factor
of roughly 1.5" according to Chris Briley of TFH
Richard Munson, par/PAC's president, at 1-877-937-3257
and/or visit the par/PAC website at www.parpac.com.