Waterstone Home’s “La Maison des Vues” a Modern Marvel of Residential Energy Efficiency

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With 2008/2009 winter home heating oil prices expected to cost nearly twice as much as last year in some areas of the country, home energy efficiency is a major theme of this year’s Denver Parade of Homes. And while all the homes in this year’s Parade feature sophisticated architecture and the latest interior amenities, perhaps no builder in the 2008 show has taken a more active role in energy efficiency than Waterstone Homes. The builder’s “La Maison des Vues” home features a full-suite of Johns Manville energy efficiency building products, which have helped the home earn a “5-Star Plus ENERGY STAR” rating and “Built Green” certification by Built Green Colorado.

La Maison des Vues is a single-family house with approximately 5,500 square feet of living space, located in the Solterra neighborhood near Morrison, Colo. In order to reach their energy efficiency and sustainability goals for the home, Waterston Homes Co-owner Jim McNulty looked to Denver-based building products company Johns Manville (JM). JM is a recognized global leader in energy efficient building products that work synergistically as a “system” to deliver performance and value.

“La Maison des Vues is an exhibit of our best work, and as such, we wanted to ensure that the home performs as great as it looks,” said McNulty. “To reach this goal, we chose Johns Manville’s energy efficiency suite of products and couldn’t be more impressed with the results. JM’s fiber glass insulation and housewrap are some of the most technically advanced building envelope products on the market and helped La Maison des Vues qualify for a 5-Star Plus ENERGY STAR rating."

The Waterstone home features a complete selection of JM’s building “envelope” products, or products that are used to separate a home’s interior from the exterior environment. The building envelope serves as a home’s outer shell to protect indoor spaces and facilitate a home’s climate control. La Maison des Vues’ 5-Star Plus ENERGY STAR rating represents the highest home energy efficiency recognition available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

La Maison des Vues uses the following JM products:

  • JM Spider™ Custom Insulation System (in the walls) – JM Spider is a Formaldehyde-free™ fiber glass custom insulation system that delivers high thermal performance, achieving up to an R-15 in 2’x4’ wall cavities and an R-23 in 2’x6’ cavities. Because Spider is spray applied, the material fills all gaps and voids in a wall cavity, which if left uncovered can allow energy to escape. In addition to thermal performance, JM Spider resists mold because it sprays in almost dry and is treated with a U.S. EPA-registered mold inhibitor to protect it from mold-related damage. And like all of JM’s fiber glass building insulation, Spider is Formaldehyde-free, which helps improve indoor air quality.
  • Climate Pro® (in the attic) – Climate Pro is a loose-fill Formaldehyde-free fiber glass insulation product ideal for attic spaces. Because Climate Pro was installed at an R-38 (or a depth of approximately 12–15 inches), the Waterstone home’s attic is able to properly retain the energy used for heating and cooling.
  • Gorilla Wrap® (on the exterior-facing walls) – Gorilla Wrap is a non-perforated, nonwoven polymeric housewrap material that decreases air infiltration resulting in increased energy efficiency and maximum moisture control. A house enveloped in Gorilla Wrap housewrap will have minimal air infiltration and improved whole-house energy efficiency.

La Maison des Vues features French Provencal-style luxury and is designed with livability and state-of-the-art technologies. The home includes features such as a front courtyard complete with water feature, a grand room with dramatic floor-to-ceiling custom windows, hardwood floors and an oversized hearth. In addition to four outdoor living areas, the home’s outdoor room provides a fully equipped and covered kitchen. La Maison des Vues has five bedrooms; six baths; and an oversized, split three-car garage with workshop area.

“The JM products used in La Maison des Vues help make the house energy efficient and sustainable,” said Stephen Crouch, residential market manager for Johns Manville. “Although the homes in the Parade are all luxury custom homes, these same products are available, affordable and are used every day in homes of all sizes and value ranges, delivering the same performance.”

The 2008 Parade of Homes at Solterra in Lakewood, Colo., features eight custom homes inspired by the hilltowns of Europe and crafted by some of the region's finest custom homecrafters, architects, landscape architects and interior designers. La Maison des Vues will be open to the public for the entire duration of the Denver Parade, which began July 26 and runs through Labor Day.

With home heating and cooling costs continuing to rise precipitously, more focus than ever is being placed on the role of residential energy efficiency. According to a May 2007 report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the U.S. residential sector ranks as the single largest energy consumer in the world, and homes worldwide account for 25 percent of total energy use. One reason why the U.S. residential sector is the single largest energy consumer in the world is because 46 million, or 65 percent of U.S. homes, are currently under-insulated, according to the Harvard University School of Public Health.

“Energy efficiency is a topic on every homeowner’s mind, and rightfully so,” added Crouch. “As homeowners tighten up their homes and add insulation to improve energy efficiency, they should also be conscious of the chemicals they are introducing into their more tightly sealed homes. Formaldehyde and other indoor air pollutants can lead to poor indoor air quality.”

A benefit often related to energy efficiency is acoustical comfort. In addition to helping the Waterstone home conserve valuable energy, the JM building envelope materials help keep unwanted noise out of La Maison des Vues, and they help prevent the transmission of noise through the home’s internal walls. Acoustical performance for La Maison des Vues is a key home comfort consideration as the home is located directly across from Bandimere Speedway, an NHRA drag racing facility also located in Morrison, Colo.

About Waterstone Homes

Jim McNulty and John Stevens founded Waterstone Homes Colorado in 2005 and quickly earned a reputation for building custom homes with maximum comfort, livability, energy efficiency and value.

The company is recognized as one of the premier builders of semi-custom and custom luxury homes.

The company is known for its innovative designs and functional quality and has built remarkable homes in outstanding communities in the Denver metro and southern Front Range areas of Colorado. All Waterstone Homes exceed the latest International Energy Conservation Code, carry a 5-Star E-Star™ rating and meet Built Green® standards. For more information, please call (303) 948-6945 or visit: www.waterstonehomes.net.

About Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building and specialty products. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales in excess of $2 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs approximately 7,800 people and operates 41 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. For more information, please visit www.jm.com.

Johns Manville Stephen Crouch, 303-978-2374 Stephen.Crouch@jm.com or Linhart Public Relations Tim Streeb, 303-951-2560 tstreeb@linhartpr.com