Helios Design Build served as General Contractor for a modern, new construction, sustainably driven single-family home in the midst of a traditional neighborhood of Northbrook, Illinois.
SIP (Structurally Insulated Panels) wall panels maximize the wall's cavity with insulation, thereby eliminating the wall stud of a traditionally-framed home as to not interrupt the continuous wall insulation. The home includes a geo-thermal HVAC system which drastically reduces the demand for fossil fuels to heat the home. Expansive southern exposed windows take advantage of passive heating, which further reduces the home's carbon footprint.
The majority of the interior finishes are composed of rapidly renewable materials including bamboo wall panels and trim. The exterior of the house is a rain-screen assembly made of VIROC fiber cement board panels, which are made of a wood-based medium, to further allow natural air movement to pull moisture away from the building so not to trap water vapor in the exterior cladding.
This project is a testament to contemporary design in its interior and exterior aesthetics, sustainable technologies and innovative and unique construction methodology.
Construction was completed in 22 weeks.