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Hello,

 

First, allow me to thank you for taking the time to explore our website.  We hope it will be educational as well as informative.

 

R-Valued Homes (RVH) was founded in 1998 with the mission “To provide energy efficient building products to the residents of Alaska for the construction of single family residences and commercial structures”.

 

The core of RVH’s superior energy efficient building is a polyurethane foam core structural insulated panel (SIP).  RVH’s SIP constructed homes have won nine (9) consecutive Alaska Governor’s Award for energy efficient construction and the National Association of Home Builders “Energy Valued Housing Gold Award” for the Cold Climate Region.  This superior building product is now manufactured in Alaska.

 

Over 275 single family homes and commercial buildings have been built in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, mostly in the rural areas.

 

Interior Regional Housing Authority, Fairbanks, Alaska has been constructing RVH SIPs home throughout Alaska since 2004.  The owners of these new homes have continuously praised their home for being comfortable with warm floors and extremely energy efficient.

 

To learn more about R-Valued Homes please explore our website. If you have any inquiries we can be contacted by phone at 907-357-2769, by fax at 907-357-2770, by email at rvaluedhomes@rvaluedhomes.com or by mail at 189 E Nelson # 127, Wasilla, Alaska 99654.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ron Burkhardsmeier

President

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Rural Areas.

 

My name is Humphrey Keyes and I am the housing director for the Native  Village of Emmonak located at the mouth of the Yukon river.

I was introduced to Ron Burkhardsmeier and things just went from there. We purchased in good faith that the homes bought from R-Valued homes were the way to beat this cold climate that we have here in the state and at times the barometer dips to the temperature of minus 45 or more with the wind chill.

After the construction was completed an elderly women of 80 plus had moved into the house and  after about  ten days of minus 15 to 20 below  and with wind chill at 40 below  one evening she had asked her son to bring her to the Eskimo dance practice that we attend every evening. The home being toasty 70 degrees  and the weather down to  -25  she didn't realize that the weather still had not warmed up and  she thought that the weather had gone up above zero since that the house was warm at 70 degrees. Her son told her that weather had not warmed up yet and she was surprised that how warm the house was at the time of the cold spell.

 

Before the construction of these homes I was sort of skeptical, but after hearing this from an elder I am sure that these homes are made for the cold and for the climate that we have here in the lower Yukon river.

 

Best Regards,

Humphrey Keyes

Emmonak Tribal Housing Director

Emmonak. Alaska 99581

 

Easy to Build.

 

Dear Ron:

Just wanted to let you know how happy we are with your building system package we purchased from R-Valued Homes. As owner/builders we found the construction method to be uncomplicated and the blueprints easy to understand. The construction saved us both time and money and the house is very energy efficient. We receive compliments daily. The people who see the house are always interested to learn that it was not built using conventional stick framing. They love the open beam ceilings and how open and large the interior looks.

Thank you for all your help when we had questions. It was a pleasure to have you there to help us. Also tying for the Governer's Award for energy rated homes for 2002 was the perfect ending to the project. We would recommend a package from R-Valued Homes to anyone interested in using SIPs to build a new home, and we have.

 

Sincerely,

Stephen & Velda

  • What are SIPS?

    SIPs are an acronym for Structural Insulated Panels.  Structural panels are typically two layers of structural sheathing (skins) separated by an insulated core. The most common skin material used is oriented strand board (OSB).  Typically most SIPs are fabricated with two types of foam cores: polyurethane (PUR) and expanded polystyrene (EPS).  Structural grade adhesives should be used to bind the skins to the foam core.  Poor adhesive qualities can cause panel failure.  SIPs replace the standard stud/insulation/sheathing wall system.

  • What type of foam is used for R-Valued Homes?

    RVH SIPs are manufactured with specific mixture of resin and isocyanates polyurethane (PUR.  This manufacturing process creates one of the highest insulating R-value per inch of all the commercially available products on the market.  PUR foam maximizes efficiency, space usage and reduces heating and cooling costs by up to 50%.  Polyurethane foam was originally developed as a replacement for rubber and dates back to the beginning of World War II. Today, PUR foams can be found in virtually everything we touch, from footwear and clothes to upholstered furniture.

  • What applications are PUR SIPs used?

    PUR SIPs are versatile and can be used for the total insulated building envelope including below grade foundation and frost wall applications, insulated floors, walls, roofs and cantilevered soffits.

When I wasn’t there, the little Hearthstone propane stove set at 45° kept the place from freezing. I had winterized the water – just in case – but everything functioned just fine. That little stove,  maximum output of 18,100 BTU/hr, is also capable of easily heating the entire cabin above 70° when it is  minus 28°.

 

 We side this spring and do the solar installation in June.  Hope all is well with you.

 

Donna

Hi Ron,

 

Just a hello.  The cabin was wonderful this winter.  I spent weeks at a time up there.  During the cold snap that seemed to last forever, neighbors were freezing their ankles off.  I was snug and cozy.  The heat was  even everywhere which I find amazing for space heating with no active circulation.  Keeping humidity down was not a problem.  I left a basement window cracked and used the woodstove on the upper floor as an exhaust vent.  Crude, but effective.  Humidity stayed right around 45%.

 

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