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Hamlin Steel




Goals of Innovation: The goals of this home were to provide high energy efficiency while maintaining cost.

Description: Structural Insulated Panels were chosen to provide a tight and highly insulated building envelope that was comparable in cost to conventional building. The iron structure and steel walls were chosen to reduce wood and therefore potential problems with termites.

Obstacles: This type of home has not been constructed in Macon, Georgia before. The homeowners and builders educated themselves on this technology. They found it difficult to find good resources of information in their community. The planning and zoning officials required a lot of research materials prior to approval of the plan. They had difficulty accepting this new idea (although in other parts of the U.S. these practices are not new).

Cost Information: The cost of this home was very competitive to a stick-built home. The immediate cost of materials varies as the price of wood versus metal varies. The long-term savings of building an energy efficient, durable, and maintenance free home are great.

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