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HomeTime® Tapes At EPS

By Staff | Mar 15, 2011

GRAETTINGER — Dean Johnson and crew members from the television show HomeTime filmed at Energy Panel Structures (EPS) in Graettinger for an upcoming show. The show will focus on constructing with structural insulated panels (SIPs). It will also feature this year’s Idea Home constructed for the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show.

EPS is building this year’s Idea Home for the show. The project is a 3000 sq. ft. home designed by Domain Architecture & Design of Minneapolis. According to designer Joe Johnson, the home’s arrangement includes “boxes” that define spaces as zones.

Walls of windows and French doors connect the spaces to sunlight and scenery. The main part of the home is only 16 feet deep, so it’s flooded with natural light throughout the day.

According to project manager, Lee Bergum, visitors will see an unfinished structural shell upon entering the home, then move through more progressively finished and furnished spaces.

As designed, the heating and cooling costs for the Idea Home will be at least 65% lower than in a conventional stud-construction house of the same size. The project’s ENERGY STAR HERS Index Score is 35.

A second home will also be built by EPS for display at the show. The 600 sq. ft. home features a vaulted ceiling and loft and as designed will have no energy bills. This home will actually make more energy than it uses!

HomeTime is a premier national home improvement and remodeling television series. The weekly program has been on the air for 24 years. On PBS, the show is carried by 180 stations, reaching 83% of US TV households and is seen by over 600,000 people each week.

Additional filming was done when home construction began at the Minneapolis Convention Center just days before the show opened on March 2.