Foam backer rod, sealed with caulk, was used in lieu of expanding foam around window and door jambs.
Window sealing was time-consuming, with caulk outlining the metal installation straps and the interior edges of the self-adhering window flashing.
Attic ceiling areas were sheetrocked first to support the insulation. Attics received a 16-inch layer of loose-fill cellulose with an R-value of 65.
A 7-kW PV array on the shed-dormer roof is projected to supply more than 100 percent of the home's electrical consumption.