The industry: Construction The challenge: Rebuild a home from the ground up with an eco-friendly design that is built to last The solution: WALLTITE® polyurethane insulation products BASF: Making It Better Mike Holmes When a home renovation goes completely wrong in the hands of another contractor, Mike Holmes is left with no choice but to rebuild the house from the ground up. This provides an opportunity to make a statement about the value of eco-friendly structures and their durability. And he chooses WALLTITE or WALLTITE ECO from BASF for the job. ® The Customer Few home renovation television personalities have garnered the respect and credibility of Mike Holmes. Watched in seven countries, his Holmes on Homes™ television program is proof of his Make it Right™ philosophy. His team addresses and corrects poor workmanship and renovations gone wrong, replacing uninhabitable living spaces with safe, built-to-last homes. The Challenge When homeowners Christina and Joe turned to Mike Holmes for help on their house – rendered uninhabitable by an unsafe and flawed renovation – he knew he had to help. “I’ve never ever seen a job so bad in my life,” says Holmes. While he is known for redoing renovations gone wrong, this was the first case where it was more prudent for his team to tear down the entire house and rebuild from the ground up rather than try to fix each individual problem. “Not only were doors hung upside down and windows hung on their sides, there were irreparable structural problems,” recalls Holmes. “The footings under the addition were poorly done TM or, worse, non-existent. The point loads weren’t properly supported. There was a huge weight of masonry resting on inadequate and incorrect framing. The list goes on and on.” The First Steps But, from challenge also springs opportunity. Rather than simply rebuild the home as it was before the renovation, Holmes proposed creating the kind of home he would ideally like to build: energy efficient, environmentally sensitive, resistant to fire, water and mould, and designed to last. Christina and Joe agreed with the plan. And Holmes found volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors to get the project underway. The Solution Creating an energy-efficient home his way, Holmes knew, would require the use of innovative top-grade products. As an advocate of eco-friendly construction, he’d used many of these products in previous projects. Christina and Joe’s new home would be a chance to pull all these ideas and products together into one structure. “ It was very clear, after using WALLTITE a couple of times, that it was the best possible insulation on As for insulation, Holmes’ eco-efficient, durable solution was WALLTITE® from BASF. Holmes started using WALLTITE products 5 years ago and has been impressed ever since. “It was very clear, after using WALLTITE a couple of times, that it was the best possible insulation on the market – no question.” Beyond the thermal performance, Holmes sees a lot to like about the insulation. “Homeowners should think about the overall effectiveness of the product,” he says. “As a spray foam, WALLTITE covers everything, so there is no potential for cold spots, gaps, voids or settling. It’s a complete thermal break between inside and outside temperatures and it allows for no air movement.” Homeowners who use WALLTITE products also benefit economically down the road, because of its insulation value. “Consider the long-term savings in energy efficiency and longevity,” Holmes says. The Implementation Christina and Joe’s completed house included the features that Holmes expects in a truly eco-friendly home. It uses a system of photovoltaic cells and hot water panels to absorb sunlight and covert it into usable electricity. These are situated on a roof that includes an eco-roofing system that helps manage rainwater and helps cool the house. Rainwater is also collected in a cistern and treated for laundry, toilets and exterior irrigation. B A S F : M a k in g it B e tt e r M I K E H O L M E S The air system and interior building materials were selected to improve air quality. These features include paints that contain a minimum of solvents, non-allergenic carpets, hardwood flooring and tile, plus two furnaces, each with dual-filtration systems. ” the market – no question. MI K E HOL ME S TH E H OL M E S G RO U P For durability and heat conservation, concrete made up the complete substructure of the house. This also enabled the crew to install radiant in-floor heating that comfortably and evenly distributes warmth throughout the house. And, of course, WALLTITE envelopes the house. Sound architectural practices, like recessed, south-facing windows, a vaulted ceiling and the use of LED lighting, helped further maximize the energy efficiency of the house. The Results Well over 3 years after they moved out of their house, Christina, Joe and their daughter, Julianna, are now happily and comfortably living in their new home. “The learning curve has been painful,” says Holmes. “But this is research and development. We put all the theories into one project and designed a prototype that’s totally different and that no one’s ever built. And now we can do it even better.” Holmes is planning to develop a number of eco-friendly communities based on this prototype. And, WALLTITE products, which now carry the “Holmes Mark,” identifying them as Mike Holmes-approved products, will be part of the mix. 100 Milverton Drive, 5th Floor Mississauga, ON L5R 4H1 1-866-485-BASF (2273) www.basf.ca All registered trademarks are owned by BASF SE or BASF Corporation or BASF Canada. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies. © 2008 BASF Canada Inc. “To my mind,” Holmes says, “the perfect eco-friendly house would have an on-demand tankless hot water heater, in-floor radiant heating, solar-assist electricity and hot water heating, a living roof, a grey water-recycling system, light emitting diode (LED) lighting and geothermal heating.” Many of these features would find their way into the new home.