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Fayetteville, AR, United States, 2010/03/01 - BioBased Insulation® has made energy-efficient home designs available for at FreeGreen, one of the largest residential house plan sites on the internet.
By sponsoring three designs, the Health Family Craftsman Home, the Modern Ranch Home and the Contemporary Colonial Home, the plans are available for free to anyone who creates a login at the site. Unlimited downloads of unsponsored plans are available for a $19.95 annual fee.
“There’s a lot of interest in and talk about the importance of energy-efficient building, but most homeowners are simply overwhelmed when they start trying to find good, functional designs and make building material choices,” said Jennifer Wilson, brand manager for BioBased Technologies®, the makers of BioBased Insulation®. “We offer spray foam insulation products that help make homes more energy efficient, and we saw this sponsorship as a practical way to show people how to use our products to build an energy-efficient home.”
The plans are more than just two-dimensional floor plans. They include three-dimensional renderings to give an idea of what the interior of the homes could look like. They also come with energy reports detailing how these designs would perform in different climates. All of the homes are designed to perform 30 to 50 percent better than prescriptive building code energy performance. The level of home performance depends on the package of products that a user chooses.
“Our research showed that nearly 50 percent of house plans are not paid for,” said Dave Wax, co-founder of Free Green. “We just realized that if people didn’t want to pay for plans we should find a way to make them available for free. That’s why we partner with companies like BioBased Insulation®.”
FreeGreen.com presents every product and material specified in their plans in a fair and clear light. Users can see ratings from established third-party green certification programs for each product or research performance through our energy modeling reports.
More than 36,000 house plans are downloaded annually at FreeGreen.com. Available house plans range from traditional to more modern, contemporary designs. To view and download the plans sponsored by BioBased Insulation®, visit freegreen.com.