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NEFBA 2010 President's Project Updates 

The NEFBA (Northeast Florida Builders Association) 2010 President’s Project, a raised wood floor demonstration home, is now under construction in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. The project developed as a result of the Raise the Floor Design Challenge, sponsored by Raised Floor Living, APA, NEFBA and the Florida Wood Council. The home's designer is Bob Esposito of True Design Studios and the builder is NEFBA President Andy Chambers of Master Craft Builder Group. Construction and competition updates are posted to this page. Related photos can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery


Finished House Showcased at Final 2010 President’s Project Event

December 2010

2010 President's Project Final Open House The final NEFBA 2010 President’s Project open house was held on December 8, 2010. The night was very cold by Jacksonville standards, but that did not stop approximately 50 builders, designers, building officials and suppliers from gathering for one last look at the raised wood floor demonstration home. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres were served at the event, which was sponsored by James Hardie Siding.  

“Everyone who came had been to one of the other events. They wanted to see the final product, including the interior finishes and fixtures” said C.W. Macomber, a member of the Raised Floor Living team and an APA engineered wood specialist. “The house looked really nice.”

One of the contractors on the project will be leasing the house with an option to purchase it. Macomber says they intend to track the energy performance of the house and compare it against other styles of houses with similar square footage. “This could be a great opportunity to substantiate the benefits of the progressive building techniques and energy-efficient products utilized in this house,” he said. 

Additional photos can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery


President's Project Sold

President's Project House SoldDecember 2010

The NEFBA 2010 President’s Project house has sold. The buyer, one of the contractors on the project, will make the house his primary residence. “We like the fact that someone who understands the value of this house has purchased it and will be living here,” says NEFBA President Andy Chambers.

“We did what we set out to do,” Chambers says of the raised wood floor demonstration home in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. “When we started this project, we had three goals, and we accomplished all three.” Those goals included educating local builders and designers about the latest in progressive building techniques and energy-efficient residential design and construction; giving value back to the many people and businesses that contributed time and resources to the project; and using the profits from the sale to ensure NEFBA operates in the black for the year.

The President's Project will be showcased at a final open house on Wednesday, December 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. at 3630 Green St., Jacksonville, Florida 32205. The event will feature food, beer and giveaways. Attendance is free, but a RSVP is requested. Contact Jamie Atkins at jatkins@nefba.com or 904-725-4355 for more information.


Final Open House Scheduled for December 8

November 2010

The final open house of the year for the 2010 President's Project will take place Wednesday, December 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 3630 Green St., Jacksonville, Florida 32205. The event will feature food, beer and giveaways (including gift certificates, tools and James Hardie Siding Packages). The event is free to attend but please RSVP by contacting Jamie Atkins at NEFBA at jatkins@nefba.com or 904-725-4355.


Driveway and Trim Installed

September 2010

President's Project September 30, 2010In recent weeks, the dirveway and walkways have been installed, and trim has been added between the raised foundation piers. Current photos can be viewed in the President's Project Photo Gallery.

The raised wood floor demonstration home is currently for sale. Contact NEFBA for more information.



The Final Touches: Landscaping, Porches & Decks

President's Project Construction Nears CompletionSeptember 2010

Final touches are being added to the President's Project house. Landscaping, porches, a rear deck and driveway apron have all been installed. The raised wood floor demonstraion home is now for sale -- interested parties should contact NEFBA for information.

Additional pictures of the house can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery.


House On the Market

August 2010

With construction nearly complete, the raised wood floor demonstration home is now for sale. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home features outside decks, mud room, separate laundry, an open kitchen with granite tops and built-in appliances, Low E windows, foam floor insulation, President's Project August 19, 2010radiant barrier roof sheathing and blown fiberglass insulation. Interested parties can contact NEFBA for additional information.

Landscaping, front stairs, decks and railings are now being installed. A final open house is tentatively planned for after the President's Project has been sold.



President’s Project Featured in NEFBA Bildor News

July 2010

Additional updates and information about the President’s Project are also regularly included in Bildor News, the NEFBA's monthly e-newsletter. View the July e-newsletter or visit the Bildor News Archive to access previous edition. Links to past editions of Bildor News are also available in the right column of this webpage.


House Nears Completion

July 2010

The Jacksonville raised wood floor demonstration home is now in the final stages of construction. The exterior of the house has been sided and painted. Inside, the drywall has been installed. The NEFBA hopes to finish the house in August and then host a final open house after the house has sold. Additional event details will be posted here as they become available.


Third Open House Draws 78 Building Professionals

June 2010

The sweltering heat didn’t stop a crowd of 78 building professionals from attending the third President’s Project open house to learn about energy-efficient design in residential construction. President's Project June 16 Open HouseTemperatures climbed to 99 degrees during the June 16 event in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, but the discussion remained lively amongst the crowd of designers, builders, inspectors and others in the trade who came for a closer look at the energy saving features of the demonstration home.

The NEFBA (Northeast Florida Builders Association) 2010 President's Project is the winning design from last year’s Raise the Floor Design Challenge presented by Raised Floor Living. The construction site serves as a live classroom for educating the local building community about innovative building products and systems. The house is being built with a raised wood foundation, advanced wall framing techniques, and other energy-saving enhancements that provide the local building community with a model for how to better meet an aggressive energy policy recently mandated by the Florida Governor that calls for new homes to be 50 percent more energy efficient by 2019.

Open house attendees toured the site with the home designer, engineer, product manufacturers and installers, who explained construction techniques and answered product questions. President's Project June 16 Open HouseOne featured energy-efficient building system was the advanced wall framing: 2x6 wood framing spaced 24 inches on center (2 inches deeper than 2x4 framing spaced 16 inches on center) -- the added wall depth and increased stud spacing creates more room for insulation. Also on display was an innovative HVAC design and distribution system that adds up to savings for both the home builder and homeowner. Photos of the event can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery.

A fourth and final open house will be held upon completion of the project, currently expected to be by the end of July.


June 16 Open House to Focus on Energy-Efficient Design

June 2010

The next President’s Project open house is this Wednesday, June 16, at the project’s construction site in Jacksonville, Florida. The focus of the event will be residential energy-efficient design techniques to help meet the aggressive energy policy recently mandated by the Florida Governor. Attendees will be able to tour the site with the home designer, engineer, product manufacturers and installers. Experts will be on hand to explain construction techniques and answer product questions. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendance is free and lunch is included! For more event information or to register, contact NEFBA.


Raised Floors & Advanced Framing Featured at Second Open House

April 2010

President's Project Under Construction The most recent open house highlighting construction of the NEFBA 2010 President’s Project demonstration home in Jacksonville, Florida drew approximately 65 builders, designers, building officials and suppliers. The event included a one-hour CEU seminar addressing the construction of wood framed walls on a raised wood foundation. The home designer, engineer, framers and material manufacturers were on hand to answer questions. 

Advanced framing techniques on display included walls constructed with 2x6 wood framing spaced 24 inches o.c. (2 inches deeper than 2x4 wood-framed walls 16 inches o.c., allowing for additional depth of insulation) and properly-sized (not over-sized) headers. The roof trusses featured a technique not commonly seen in Florida: raised heels that allow insulation to extend to the President's Project Second Open Houseoutside wall (also providing superior insulation properties).

The feature that garnered the most attention at the open house was the radiant OSB sheathing on the roof. Radiant OSB sheathing can improve indoor comfort while potentially reducing cooling loads and cutting energy costs. 

In the coming week, house wrap and windows will be installed. Photos of the construction can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery


Construction Progresses Quickly

President's Project Construction Moving QuicklyApril 2010

In the last few days, construction of the President’s Project has progressed quickly, including wall framing, wall sheathing and raised heel roof truss installation.

A collection of photos chronicling construction progress and related events can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery


Open House Showcases Raised Floor System

April 2010

The first in a series of open houses highlighting the NEFBA 2010 President’s Project showcased the home’s raised wood floor system. More than 40 builders, designers and suppliers attended the April 15 President's Project April 15 Open Houseevent addressing raised wood floor framing, correct installation and avoiding common installation errors. Attendees were able to tour the site and meet the home designer, engineer, framers and material manufacturers.

A second open house, scheduled for April 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, will include a one-hour CEU course on the benefits of raised wood flooring and advanced framing techniques at 2:00 p.m. For more event information or to register, contact NEFBA.

A collection of photos chronicling construction progress and related events can be viewed in the President Project's Photo Gallery


Construction Begins on President’s Project

April 2010

Groundbreaking of NEFBA President's ProjectConstruction on the NEFBA 2010 President’s Project began on April 1, 2010 with a gold shovel groundbreaking event. The upcoming schedule of construction for the demonstration home includes footers and columns the week of April 5, the raised wood floor foundation system the week of April 12, and wall and roof systems the week of April 19. Several builder education events for NEFBA members are being scheduled in coordination with construction. (See previous entry for event details.) For more information, contact NEFBA.


Builder Education Events Scheduled for President’s Project

March 2010

NEFBA members are invited to participate in the NEFBA 2010 President’s Project, construction of the winning home design in the Raise the Floor Design Challenge, through a series of educational events to take place at the construction site in Jacksonville, Florida. The first two open houses have been scheduled for NEFBA President's Project PartnersApril 15 and 22, 2010. Additional educational events are in development.

The first open house will showcase the home’s raised wood floor system. The event will take place on April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Building product suppliers will be on hand to answer questions during the demonstration. For more information, contact NEFBA.

The second open house, showcasing advanced framing techniques in home construction, is scheduled for April 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will include a one-hour CEU course on the benefits of raised wood flooring and advanced framing techniques, to be offered at 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact NEFBA.


President’s Project Groundbreaking Set for April 1

March 2010

President’s Project House LotGroundbreaking on the NEFBA 2010 President’s Project, the winning home design in the Raise the Floor Design Challenge, is scheduled for April 1, 2010 on a lot in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. The house will serve as a raised wood floor demonstration home, where green building techniques and new building products and systems will be demonstrated to NEFBA members.

The house’s traditionally-styled cottage design was the Raise the Floor 2009 Design Challenge Grand Prize winner and was provided by Architect Bob Esposito of True Design Studios. NEFBA President Andy Chambers is spearheading the President’s Project and is recruiting members to participate. For more information, contact NEFBA.

Construction is expected to be completed in late June and then marketed and sold in July.


Winning Homeowner Announced

January 2010

Meiko Collins of Jacksonville was announced as the winning homeowner in the Design your Dream Home contest, the homeowner phase of the Raise the Floor Design Challenge. The winning designer of the Design Challenge, Bob Esposito of True Design Studios, will work with Collins to design her raised floor Dream Home. Raised Floor Living will contribute $5,000 towards the design fees.

Collins was featured in the final episode of the Design Your Dream Home TV series, which aired on a Jacksonville television station.


Winning Designer Selected

November 2009

The Raise the Floor 2009 Design Challenge Grand Prize Award was presented to Bob Esposito of True Design Studios at the November monthly meeting of the American Institute of Architects chapter in Bob Esposito of True Design StudiosJacksonville, Florida.  

Twenty-three designers registered for the design competition. The competition required a design featuring a raised wood floor foundation and the incorporation of wood products and systems in structural and aesthetic applications in an affordable, energy-efficient residence of 1,200 to 1,300 square feet.  Five judges, representing all of the major designer groups in Northeast Florida narrowed the field to three finalists. The grand prize award was selected by the winner of the Raise the Floor Builder competition, Andy Chambers, Master Craft Builder Group, who will construct the winning design in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Jacksonville. Click here to download a PDF of the Grand Prize Award Design.

Other awards include: 

  • Finalist: Nicholas Renard, Cote Renard Architecture
  • Finalist: James C. Lucia, Lucia & Monday Architecture, Inc.
  • Best Use of Wood Products: Pete Braud, BRAUD / design build, inc.
  • Best Curb Appeal: Holly Grimes, Grimes Professional Group
  • Most Livable Design: Jeremiah Russell, R. Dean Scott, Architect, Inc.

Read the full APA News Release.


Winning Builder Selected

October 2009

Andy Chambers of Master Craft Builder Group has been selected to build the winning design in the Raise the Floor competition. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Chambers has been working in the construction industry since 1992 and has been a Florida state certified building contractor since 1999. He joined the Master Craft Builder Group earlier this year. He is also the incoming president of the Northeast Florida Builder Association. The winning home will be constructed in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Jacksonville.


Raise the Floor 2009 Design Challenge Kicks Off

July 2009

The Raise the Floor 2009 Design Challenge is a three-part competition with a winning builder, a winning designer, and a winning homeowner. Cash prizes totaling more than $30,000 will be awarded. Sponsored by Raised Floor Living, APA, Northeast Florida Builders Association and the Florida Wood Council, this program will demonstrate the advantages of raised wood foundation construction in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

Over 200 home builders and architects attended the Design Challenge kick-off event in Jacksonville on July 23, 2009. The event featured a full-size raised wood demonstration floor and exhibits by 14 manufacturers and local building material vendors. Read more about the Raise the Floor Design Challenge Kick-off.

 

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