20160601 blog quality construction

Your new home is a big investment and you want it to last for years to come. You deserve to get your money’s worth – from the lot you’ve chosen, to design, to construction and final completion of your home. Only quality construction can protect one of your most valuable assets, and we’re here to make sure it’s built into every single one of our homes. At Next Generation Signature Homes (NGSH), details and craftsmanship matter. Our wall and roof systems, foundation systems, insulation, and heating and cooling systems are all designed to save you money and time on maintenance and provide you with a healthy, comfortable home.

Illinois is only one of two states in the country required by law to adhere to the most current year’s energy codes and standards. The 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code took effect on Jan 1, 2016 and defines the building science performance standards for residential homes built in our state. This includes the material and mechanics for energy efficiency as well as air movement and humidity levels in a home. While other builders adhere to these standards, NGSH strives to go above and beyond these codes and offers a gold standard typically only found in custom built homes.

Let’s step through construction of your home working our way from the ground up. All concrete foundation walls contain a minimum of four feet of insulation down to cover where the sill plate sits as well as the rim joists (where the house’s wood structure rests on the cement foundation). NGHS takes it one step further by also adding foam insulation in the rim joists between the first and second floors – something other builders may omit. That is followed by sealing the home with fiberglass sealant caulk. Every exterior penetration point in the home is sealed, including doors, windows, utility boxes entry and exit points as well as plumbing installed between walls, under floors and above ceilings.

The type and level of insulation in exterior walls varies from builder to builder with industry standard R-values used to measure resistance to heat flow. A higher R-Value offers better heat resistance. Illinois requires a minimum R-Value of 15 for insulation installed in exterior walls of new construction homes. This offers builders the option to build two by four walls throughout the home.  NGSH has consciously chosen to use insulation with a higher R-Value of 19 necessitating two by six thick exterior walls that offer more protection for the home. That translates to more efficient consistent heating and cooling throughout the home, and pipes that don’t freeze during frigid Midwestern winters.

If living space is above the garage, NGSH places netting around the joists prior to blowing in insulation to seal any gaps. This conditions the garage and keeps floors in rooms above the garage at a comfortable temperature level. In turn, the attic is insulated in a similar manner to further protect the home.

Another important aspect of quality construction is air movement throughout the home which creates a healthy comfortable living environment. With construction improvements making today’s homes more air tight, Illinois now requires a minimum of five continual fresh air intakes per hour through the furnace in residential homes. Air is then circulated out of the home through a continuously-running separate air duct system typically located in bathrooms.  NGSH takes another major step to make sure the air in your home is healthy by using 4.5 inch wide furnace filters instead of the standard one inch. This insures the air is filtered before it goes into your home – keeping the air cleaner and your family healthier and more comfortable!

If you’re considering purchasing or building a new home, we would love the opportunity to discuss options available in our new construction homes! Please give us a call at 630.280.5551 or complete our online contact form. You can also join our e-list to get the latest information about our community and new home designs.