AVON — Beck Building Co. was recently awarded a national Chrysalis Award for excellence in remodeling in the Green Category. The Chrysalis awards recognize the nation’s finest remodeling work in the country and are sponsored by Professional Remodeler and the American Builders Association.
“Our intent for this 1,200-square-foot octagonal residential addition was to maximize space and make it as energy efficient as possible,” said Forrest Watson, project manager of Beck Building Co. and LEED AP. “As drawings progressed, it became clearer that the strengths of the building made it a great candidate for LEED certification.”
A high-performance, energy-efficient building shell was constructed using foil-faced rigid board insulation at the exterior walls and roofs combined with high-density spray-foam insulation below the concrete floor slab. These high performing insulation products increase insulation values well above current building code standards, helping to achieve interior spaces that are more easily heated and cooled in the Colorado mountain climate. By also adding stringent air sealing techniques, many of the construction practices that were implemented will result in substantially improved energy performance.
“Renovations require partnership and communication, along with sophisticated knowledge of what is possible,” said Kevin O’Donnell, president of Beck Building Co. “In this case, we were able to combine the aesthetic upgrades the clients wanted with the structural and mechanical pieces to provide a timeless addition that will add enduring value for our clients.”
An additional result of this level of LEED practice resulted in a HERS rating of 49. Standard Homes typically have a HERS rating of 100 or more. Without adding alternative energy sources such as solar or wind and eliminating all the windows, a HERS index rating of 49 is about the best rating you can get on a home or structure.
This 1,200-square-foot, two-story octagonal addition is built adjacent to a private residence. The inside features a beautiful, well-lit cupola above the main area, with octagonal walls and abundant daylight shining through. The downstairs offers a health and fitness center and you are drawn to the natural beauty and aspen hillside that this rotunda overlooks.
Beck Building Co. was the general contractor and David Argo, of No Name Architects in Glenwood Springs, was the architect.