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Indiana Post-Frame Home Achieves Net-Zero Goal

by Linda Schmid

On a mission to construct a long-lasting, low-maintenance Net Zero post-frame home, Corbin Borkholder was careful about the products he selected. Borkholder is a sales representative for Borkholder Buildings, a custom builder based in Nappanee, Indiana, where the company’s corporate offices, engineering center, lumberyard and truss manufacturing plant are located. This is Borkholder’s home, completed in September 2019. 

“I wanted an energy efficient home with minimal maintenance.”

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“It’s a post-frame home on a slab. I was the general contractor with multiple subs. This was a great way for me to learn more about the low-energy homes we offer. It’s a product I now live in and I believe in and it’s helped me with my presentation to customers.”

Borkholder chose McElroy Metal coil to produce 1-3/4” snap-lock standing seam roofing panels, which are recognized as ideal laminate panel hosts by MiaSole of Santa Clara, California. The roofing panels were formed onsite by Premier Roofing and Construction of Nappanee. The striated 16”-wide panels that cover the majority of the home are coated with Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF in charcoal. The panels on the porch are Fluropon PVDF in Silver Metallic.

MiaSole’s solar panels are offered in different lengths, but to achieve the desired 6 kW system for a Net Zero rating for a home this size, Borkholder had to go with the 19’ laminate solar panels on the south side of the home. To install 19’ laminate panels on metal roofing, the roof had to be constructed to a slope of 12:12. With that, the home required 3,130 sq. ft. of roofing. Borkholder Buildings manufactured the custom trusses. The laminates were attached to the roofing panels on the ground – it’s safer and easier to install them straighter and then roll them down and make sure they are properly adhered. The panels are also cleaner before being installed, so the solar laminate panels adhere better than they would to dust-covered metal.

Borkholder says with the 30% tax credit available in 2019, the return on the solar investment is expected to be 8-10 years.

In addition to the reflective roofing coating and the solar panels, other components that helped the home achieve Net Zero status were LP Smart Siding, various insulations and in-floor electric heating from Danfoss Power Solutions. RB

“I wanted an energy efficient home with minimal maintenance,” Borkholder says. “It’s a post-frame home on a slab. I was the general contractor with multiple subs. This was a great way for me to learn more about the low-energy homes we offer. It’s a product I now live in and I believe in and it’s helped me with my presentation to customers.”

Borkholder chose McElroy Metal coil to produce 1-3/4” snap-lock standing seam roofing panels, which are recognized as ideal laminate panel hosts by MiaSole of Santa Clara, California. The roofing panels were formed onsite by Premier Roofing and Construction of Nappanee. The striated 16”-wide panels that cover the majority of the home are coated with Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF in charcoal. The panels on the porch are Fluropon PVDF in Silver Metallic.

MiaSole’s solar panels are offered in different lengths, but to achieve the desired 6 kW system for a Net Zero rating for a home this size, Borkholder had to go with the 19’ laminate solar panels on the south side of the home. To install 19’ laminate panels on metal roofing, the roof had to be constructed to a slope of 12:12. With that, the home required 3,130 sq. ft. of roofing. Borkholder Buildings manufactured the custom trusses. The laminates were attached to the roofing panels on the ground – it’s safer and easier to install them straighter and then roll them down and make sure they are properly adhered. The panels are also cleaner before being installed, so the solar laminate panels adhere better than they would to dust-covered metal.

Borkholder says with the 30% tax credit available in 2019, the return on the solar investment is expected to be 8-10 years.

In addition to the reflective roofing coating and the solar panels, other components that helped the home achieve Net Zero status were LP Smart Siding, various insulations and in-floor electric heating from Danfoss Power Solutions. RB

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