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Palka Residence

Salida Colorado


Insulated Concrete Forms for foundation and north wall. Advanced framing techniques. Truss and conventional framed roof. Standing-seam roof. Synthetic stucco.


This house has a hybrid heating system that includes both radiant in-floor heat and forced air. The forced-air system also serves as a fresh air exchange with a Heat Recovery Ventilator. With an advanced insulation and air sealing package, combined with a high-efficiency heating system, this house is projected to cost about 50% less to operate than the same house built to code.


HERS Score : 56 � Energy Star Rated. Advanced insulation. Air tight envelope � tested with blower door. Heat recovery ventilation. Use of recycled material � This was on an existing site in town, with an existing house. We demolished the existing house, and were able to recycle a large portion of the materials by either using them in the new house, or passing them on to the next user. Zero VOC paints. Energy Star Advanced lighting plan. Photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.


From conception to delivery, Fish Builders hit the nail on the head for our custom home experience. We ended up with a home that is extremely efficient, comfortable, and filled with detailed craftsmanship that makes it unique and beautiful. Greg found issues and offered great solutions with the original plans, also helping us to work with the architect. He didn't compromise on quality and required the same of all subcontractors -- not to mention his trusty crew. The Palkas love Fishbuilders!