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McKernon receives building awards

BRANDON-The McKernon Group was named first place in the categories of Energy Efficiency and Single Family Home over 3,000 Square Feet at the annual Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont Awards Banquet held in Rutland last month.

The home, sited at the foot of Mount Ascutney, was designed and constructed by the McKernon Group. Adam Pelkey was the designer and Rob Ekstrom was the head project manager.

The home that meets the needs of a young family with special interests and taste. It is equipped with the latest products and systems that are available to make this envelope energy efficient. It includes geothermal systems, solar heat, solar hot water, spray foam insulation, insulated concrete foundations, HRV systems, airtight UV windows, and energy efficient appliances. Where possible the lighting is LED.

Local products were used, such as the stone for the fireplaces and patio, and reclaimed pine for the siding. The living room is sided with barn board from a local barn that was dismantled because of road construction. The house was panelized and trussed for efficiency and less material waste. The project manager reported that there was minimum water usage during construction.When the new house was completed, a company was hired to remove the existing building, and those components were recycled. Jack McKernon, CEO, and Kevin Birchmore, president, commented that these awards aresignificant for the firm because of the company's commitment to passive and active methods of design and construction.

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