Priority Energy Leads Trial Installation of DOE's Extended Plate & Beam (EP&B) Wall System Construction for Chicago-area Builder

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Priority Energy leads trial installation of DOE's Extended Plate & Beam wall system construction that includes continuous integrated insulation with traditional framing methods for superior energy efficiency and indoor comfort.

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Priority Energy on the job site: EP&B Wall Construction

"We want to help builders understand and adopt this method because the comfort benefits combined with the utility cost savings are worth the change in process,"

Priority Energy will lead a trial installation of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Extended Plate & Beam wall system for a Chicago-area home builder. The Extended Plate & Beam wall system will allow for the integration of higher insulation values while maintaining traditional framing methods. This process, which was developed and tested by Home Innovation Research Labs for the U.S. DOE, will soon be launched nationwide and will deliver superior energy efficiency and unsurpassed indoor comfort.

High R wall technologies have been proposed for over 25 years, but only a few custom builders have actually implemented them. The DOE's goal is to create a high performance wall system that is easier and more attainable for mainstream builders. Data has shown the EP&B system does not have a big impact on overall construction costs if planned for in the initial design phase. "We want to help builders understand and adopt this method because the comfort benefits combined with the utility cost savings are worth the slight change in process," said Robert Schildgen, owner and founder of Priority Energy.

About Priority Energy
Priority Energy is known for their innovative energy efficiency products and services. They provide Aeroseal, EnviroDri, Tuff'n Dri, and Lifebreath to homeowners and builders. BPI and RESNET certification training, IECC Code testing and project consulting are also available. Their Park Ridge showroom is open Monday - Friday.

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