OSB as an Air Barrier

OSB as an Air Barrier

Building codes are getting tougher about airtightness. In the 2012 International Energy Efficiency Code (IEEC), blower-door testing is required for new homes, and the limits have gotten stricter. While the 2009 code specified 7 ACH50 (7 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure), the 2012 code calls for 5 ACH50 for southern homes and 3 ACH50 for homes in the northern U.S. Many builders will have to change their ways to meet the 2012 code’s requirements. But code-compliant…

Trust Honors Stewards of Historic Milford Architecture

Trust Honors Stewards of Historic Milford Architecture

MILFORD – Last week, at Hotel Fauchere, the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County announced the first recipient of their new annual Stewardship Leadership awards program that recognizes community members, outstanding businesspersons and organizations responsible for outstanding restorations and preservation of Historic buildings in Pike County. This year’s recipients are for restorations in Milford Borough. The two annual prize categories are the Thomas W. Hoff Stewardship Medallion and the Richard L Snyder Distinguished Leadership Prize. The award ceremony took place…

RPA Keffer press release

Passive House Cuts Energy Use By Up To 90 Percent

  MILFORD — The first Passive House is being built in Pike County. It is a super-insulated. Sustainable energy-efficient single-family home. The concept is to heavily insulate to reduce heating and cooling loss, reduce energy consumption 80 to 90 percent compared to a conventional home, and maintain about 72 degrees indoors year round. Architect Richard Pedranti of Milford designed the house for Tom and Lynn Keffer, who were drawn to the Passive House concept for its appeal of a clean…

Channel 16 WNEP coverage

Video: Save Homeowner Thousands

“The only sensible thing to do in the 21st century is to build a house that uses the least amount of energy possible,” explains owner Delcan Mulhall. Watch Channel 16 WNEP coverage now.     VIEW PROJECT PAGE Scranton Passive House 

Richard Pedranti

U of S Profs’ ‘Passive House’ will Slice Energy Bills

Their house might be passive, but it took an active interest in efficient, environmentally friendly living to begin making it a reality. The lot at the corner of Pine Street and Wheeler Avenue in the city’s Hill Section sat empty. University of Scranton physics professor Declan Mulhall, Ph.D., often noticed it as he walked by. He and his wife, Scranton psychology professor Christie Karpiak, Ph.D., both 44, decided to buy it. Then they approached Milford-based architect Richard Pedranti to build…