A Case Study in High Performance Building

A Case Study in High Performance Building

Tim O'Brien® Homes and BASF join forces to create the future of home building. Working collaboratively, they were able to optimize the value for both the builder and customer.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 9:00am

A High Performance Partnership

At Tim O’Brien Homes, green building is a critical part of the successful builder’s on-going commitment to improving their homebuilding process, and has resulted in more energy-efficient, durable and comfortable homes.

Recently, the Wisconsin-based builder looked to leading chemical company BASF to help take another giant leap in its commitment to continuous improvement. “The idea that a $100 billion company recognized for advancing building science expertise and innovations in construction chemistry was offering to help us improve our processes through a top-to-bottom, hands-on consultation was very attractive,” said Tim O’Brien, president of Tim O’Brien Homes.

A team of building scientists, architects, engineers and sustainable construction experts from the BASF Center for Building Excellence was assembled and immediately put BASF’s BEYOND.High Performance® approach to work. “Leveraging our comprehensive HP+™ Consultative Solutions, we were able to get a more holistic view that would allow us to effectively address the specific needs of this particular builder and this particular opportunity,” recalled Rick Davenport, director of sustainable construction for the BASF Center for Building Excellence.

Architectural designer Emily Van Court, Associate AIA, SEED, and Home Energy Rating System® (HERS) Designated Associate, led the team. “It’s all about what the builder needs and cares about, and what their performance targets are on a particular project,” noted Van Court.

“We appreciated that BASF spent time with us to learn how we build homes before ever discussing potential recommendations for improving our building envelope,” stated Craig North, Tim O’Brien Homes, director of construction.

Together, the BASF and Tim O’Brien Homes teams analyzed everything from the orientation of the home, to advanced framing techniques, to mechanical strategies and more. “We’re committed to the building science details, especially moisture management, indoor air quality and thermal bridging,” said North. “And BASF’s expertise in that regard was critical.”

“BASF’s team brought a variety of different skill sets to the table,” O’Brien recalled. “All those disciplines working together really made this work and kept the process moving.”.

Read about the implementation and results as well as other building performance information...