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Painted Hills House – John Day Fossil Beds Nat’l Monument

The Painted Hills house is a solar-powered employee home at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and is the first net-zero home in the National Park Service. It was designed and built with the goal to generate as much or more energy than it uses. R-Control SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) were selected in the design. R-Control SIPs offer superior insulation and reduced infiltration to provide the most efficient building envelope.

The house also generates energy through photovoltaic solar panel system, solar hot water heater, and produces enough energy to not only cover the residents use but also to charge the occupant’s electric vehicle.

R-Control SIPs not only provide a strong structural system that resist loads caused by wind and snow, but they are also environmentally friendly. The structural skins of R-Control Structural Insulated Panels are made from renewable controlled growth wood resources, and the EPS core contains no CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, or formaldehyde while providing superior insulation. For years and years, this R-Control structure will save fuel used for heating and cooling and reduce pollutants.