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S: -Brooks Residence- P.E.A. Builders

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1: -Brooks Residence- | This book documents the Brooks' home built in Franklin Wisconsin by PEA Builders. Joe and Barb Brooks wanted to build a home on an vacant lot that fit into their neighborhood yet provided an open and inviting interior space. They wanted everything on the main floor, including the master bedroom and a laundry room, in a smaller floor plan with energy saving construction features and the ability to add solar panels to offset their energy usage.

2: Quality design and trim features are included when eliminating unnecessary square footage to create a smaller home.

3: -Brooks Residence- | This cozy sun room is designed to collect passive solar heat gain for distribution to the living room and master bed room. This room is separated by exterior insulated walls and exterior french doors to control when that heat is used.

4: The inviting open floor plan utilizes ceiling height changes instead of walls to define spaces. Placing the living space on the southern exposure not only provides a well lit environment that minimizes the use of lights but also provides solar heat gain in the winter months.

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6: The upstairs adds two bedrooms and a full bath into the volume created by the roof. The hallway bridge that connects the bedrooms is open to the main floor below which provides a natural path for heat and airflow in the home.

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8: All of the existing homes in the neighborhood have detached garages however new codes required them to be attached. To satisfy the codes yet fit in, the garage was attached to the home by the patio and roof covering which helps to shield the homeowners from weather while entering from the garage. | The Plans | First Floor | Second Floor

9: -Brooks Residence- | South Elevation | East & West Elevations | North Elevation

10: The empty lot being prepared for construction. | The Construction

11: -Brooks Residence- | Digging for the foundation.

12: Some of the unique features of this home include an Insulated Concrete Formed (ICF) foundation and Spancrete with concrete, which provides maximum thermal mass for storing heat energy, and radiant heating for the main and basement flooring systems. | The Construction

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14: Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are used for the exterior walls. The SIPs extend in front of the concrete main floor and sit directly on the foundation walls. This keeps the thermal mass of the floor system inside the insulated envelope so heat energy is not lost to the outside. | The Construction

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16: The Construction

17: -Brooks Residence- | Insulation below the basement slab keeps heat in the basement.

18: The Construction | This home received a lot of attention from the press during construction.

19: The radiant heating system is controlled by valves in the mechanical room. The 98% efficient boiler heats the home and the domestic hot water. | -Brooks Residence-

20: This beautiful home was recognized for its design and performance by being awarded "The Best New Green Home for 2008" by Milwaukee Home and Fine Living Magazine. | The Award

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