MIDLAND, MICH. (March 28, 11 a.m. ET) — Dow Chemical Co. has worked with central New York builder Miller Homes to develop an energy efficient house for use in educating the public and the building industry on the importance of high-performing homes.
The two companies joined with CDH Energy to built the deconstructed duplex in Syracuse, N.Y. The Energy Star-rated building is divided into two parts: half is finished and serves as a model home. The other half showcases structural components and building envelope technologies from Dow, such as open framing, rough electrical, heating, insulation and air-sealing.
Dow used its Great Stuff polyurethane sealant in the project, as well as its Styrofoam and Weathermate products.
The facility will stay open over the next four years to serve as an educational and training facility for builders, contractors, architects, students and the public, Dow said in a news release.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Dow to educate the public on how energy efficient building contributes to indoor health, comfort, and energy savings,” said Troy Adams, president, Miller Homes. “We strive to educate the industry about products and solutions that enable high performing homes to be achievable, affordable, and replicable across the nation.
Some 22 000 people toured the duplex during the Fall Parade of Homes last autumn, Dow said. Dow and Miller Homes have used the space since then to certify a local spray polyurethane foam contractor, host a course for the Syracuse American Institute of Architects, and engage students from the State University of New York (SUNY) Environmental Science and Forestry.