Standard Features on Wardcraft Custom Homes

The one thing you can not go back and remodel or upgrade later is what is behind your walls. Here we will SHOW you what we do and in some cases let you know what most builders get by with. Wardcraft’s high performance standards form the foundation of a superior energy-efficient home that exceeds even the most stringent regional building codes. Quality construction helps homeowners live comfortably while paying lower monthly energy bills. Our product choices were carefully selected for durability, low maintenance, optimum value and performance. Our standards include:

Enhanced Insulation Package, Formaldehyde-Free
BENEFIT: Properly installed, high R-value insulation requires less energy to heat and cool,
resulting in lower utility bills and a quieter, more comfortable home.

Standard 2"x6" R-23 Exterior Walls
Johns Manville Spider Fiber® blown fiberglass insulation is glued in place in 2"x6" exterior walls. This product far outperforms fiberglass batt insulation and other blown insulation systems that introduce water into the building envelope and tend to settle over time. The glue used introduces less than 10% moisture into the home, as well as holding the insulation in place over the lifetime of the product, creating a much tighter installation and eliminating settling, gaps, voids and depressions, which improves energy efficiency and decreases sound transmission. The insulation is treated with an EPA registered mold inhibitor to protect against mold. In addition, only fiberglass insulation made without formaldehyde—such as Spider Fiber —can pass Environmental Specification 1350, the toughest indoor air quality test in North America, with no formaldehyde detected. During factory tours, we invite visitors to touch this unique product, which feels like cotton.

Standard R-49 Attic Insulation
Johns Manville Climate Pro® formaldehyde-free blown-in loose-fill fiberglass is a premium alternative to fiberglass batt and cellulose insulation. You can be assured that your home is highly energy efficient with minimal heat loss. Unlike cellulose, it won’t decay or provide food for animals or microbes. It’s effective for the life of your home.


Tight Building Envelope & Air-Sealing Techniques
BENEFIT: High quality construction practices and air-sealing techniques reduce energy loss by keeping the heated or cooled air inside the home.

Standard Advanced Sealing Techniques. (1) We caulk all exterior sheathing seams. (2) Tape all house wrap seams and seal the bottom plate of the wall to the subfloor. (3) Our Full Box Construction® joins the walls to the floor system with 7/16" exterior wall sheathing, designed to maximize the shear wall strength and structural integrity of your home. Full-Box Construction also eliminates air infiltration between the walls and floor system, an area where most homes leak a tremendous amount of air. (4) All penetrations through the exterior envelope are sealed with foam. (5) Windows are sealed in to the rough opening with spray foam and then flashing tape is carefully applied.

Standard Indoor Air Quality Features
BENEFIT: Reducing indoor pollutants affects the health of the entire family.
Our indoor air quality begins with a tight building envelope
that keeps outdoor pollutants outside, and continues with
products that contribute to a healthier indoor environment. As a family based business, we have designed our standards to provide a healthier living environment for all families. Standards:
• Combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors by all sleeping areas.
• High-efficiency sealed combustion HVAC equipment
• Formaldehyde-free Johns Manville fiberglass insulation made of 25% recycled content (6)
• Zero-VOC Sherwin Williams interior primer and paint
• Low-VOC adhesives and sealants. (7)
• Low-VOC oriented strand board used in exterior sheathing (8), floor decking (9) and roof decking.
• Caulking of exterior sheathing (1) and taping of exterior house wrap (2), reducing air infiltration.
• American-made gypsum eliminating risk of toxic foreign drywall.
• Mechanical ventilation to the exterior.
• A passive radon standpipe.
• Galvanized supply ducts, with optional galvanized returns.


Blown Insulation (standard) vs Batt (other builders)

BENEFIT: In a 2"x6" wall R-23 can be obtained (standard with Wardcraft).
In a 2"x4" wall (other builders) only an R-15 can be achieved with blown insulation.

For the best performance, an insulation material needs to fill the whole space, with no gaps, voids, compression, or incompletely filled areas. See the image to the left, batt insulation does not fill these while blown does.


When Choosing a Builder, Keep in Mind
Site builders use 2"x4" construction thus a bid could be less, and as described above Wardcrafts walls have R-23 where the top you can achieve in a 2"x4" wall is R-15. This means your home will not be as energy efficient. With wind chills hitting -25 this winter and considering you will spend a decade in your home, the initial investment will pay for itself many times over in increased energy savings. Wardcraft builds will quality products, we do not cut corners or use “builder grade.” We believe in giving you a quality home you will be happy with for decades. Many of our homeowners are now buying their second Wardcraft. The quality is simply unmatched.


High Efficiency, Sealed Combustion HVAC &
Hot Water Heater & Low-Flow Faucets

BENEFIT: As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. High efficiency, sealed combustion HVAC equipment and water heaters with a sealed combustion chamber eliminate carbon monoxide fumes and create a more comfortable home while using less energy.
Low-flow faucets conserve water.

Galvanized supply ductwork is standard. The return ductwork
shown here is optional.

Standard 90%+ Furnace and 14 SEER A/C Equipment
We use specialized software to design your duct system, ensuring proper sizing to maximize efficiency. This software takes into account the size and layout of the home, room sizes, window-to-wall ratio, insulation, windows and orientation of your home on the building site. Durable galvanized ductwork is optional for the air supply.

Standard Water Heater and Water-Saving Faucets
A high-efficiency 50 gallon water heater is standard and comes with an insulation blanket that helps retain more heat in the tank. Low-flow lavatory faucets are standard (these use 32% less water), with low-flow showerheads available at no additional charge to conserve water.

Electrical & 12 Gauge Wire
BENEFIT: A heavier gauge wire will take more amperage.

Standard 12-Gauge Wire Throughout
With a 200-amp electrical panel. Tamper resistant outlets are also standard. Most builders will use 14 gauge (except in kitchen).

Energy-Efficient Pella® Encompass® Vinyl Windows
BENEFIT: High quality windows with Low-E glazing and improved thermal performance helps retain heat during the winter, retain cool air during the summer and block damaging UV rays.

Standard Pella Encompass Single-Hung Windows
We offer a full line of Pella vinyl, fiberglass and wood-clad windows for a beautiful wood interior. We also offer Andersen Windows.


Standard Passive Radon Standpipe
The majority of homes we build are located in areas with moderate to high levels of radon. Radon is the No. 2 cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Wardraft installs a passive radon standpipe standard on every home (many areas do not require radon venting by code). Passive radon venting must have on-site portions & connections completed by builder or radon specialist, including the foundation and roof venting requirements. If radon venting is needed, the standpipe is prepped for radon mitigation to be completed on-site. If further venting is required due to high levels of radon, an additional exhaust fan may be installed on-site by a radon mitigation specialist. The EPA recommends that all homes in Zone 1 areas have radon reduction systems.

Potential for Elevated Indoor Radon Levels


U.S. Climate Zones
The climate in which your new home will be built is an important factor in deciding how your new home should be built. The harsher climates that we build in demand a tighter building envelope and higher insulation levels to ensure every dollar spent heating or cooling your home is used as efficiently as possible. It is also important to include windows, doors or skylights that are suited to the home’s climate. No matter where we build your home, EVERY custom Wardcraft home is built to meet energy-efficiency standards for the harshest climate zone.

Although many areas have strict building codes, others have virtually unrestricted building codes. For example, approximately 70% of Kansas has no building code. This means local builders can build very cheaply with subpar building materials and virtually no oversight. Choosing Wardcraft ensures stringent oversight and quality building materials in every state in which we build.

2009 International Energy Conservation
Code (IECC) Energy Requirements
Although it is 2014 (this catalog was printed Oct 2014)
most jurisdictions follow the 2009 code.

Wardcraft STANDARD values N/A: Not Required or Applicable

Windows: The lower the U-factor, the less heat is
transferred, and the more energy-efficient the window.

Insulation: The higher the R-value the more
energy-efficient the structure.

While some areas in the harsher climate zones have adopted the more strict 2009 IECC code, most conform to older codes. The International Code Council publishes codes on a three year basis. The 2009 International codes are the most current edition. Most jurisdictions don’t adopt a code as soon as it is published. A new edition was published in 2012, however most jurisdictions have not adopted it yet. Although it is 2014 (this catalog was printed Oct 2014) most jurisdictions follow the 2009 code.


Standard Cabinets
We offer 32 custom cabinet choices, Pella® windows, Moen® faucets, Kohler® whirlpools, MAAX® tub/showers, Sherwin Williams® interior paint, Kichler® lights, Lennox® HVAC, LP® SmartSide® siding, Onyx bathroom sinks, and 30-year asphalt shingles—are all standard on your new home. Our catalog includes 44 pages of standard and optional products to customize your home.

Below you will see our industry leading 32 STANDARD cabinet choices. With our optional cabinets you will have over 700 choices! Wardcraft provides more options and pictures them all in our 116 page FREE catalog!


Onyx sinks
Standard in all the styles shown here with a glossy finish. Choose from 50 glossy colors or 15 optional matte colors. Matte finishes offer a surface with no shine and more of a stone look and feel. Guaranteed for life by Onyx. Standard depths are 19", 22" and 22½". One or both bowls must fit in the standard cabinet openings (not offset). Sidesplashes are optional while backsplashes are standard (see above). The Tresham pedestal sink (above right) is optional. Granite and other options can be installed on-site by others. Choose to have the bowl a different color or the same as the deck.


Top 10 most popular colors:

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
A Lennox® 90%+ gas furnace with a 14 SEER A/C are standard on each home. The standard and optional furnace feature a secondary heat exchanger that allows the furnace to reach high-efficiency levels by capturing additional heat. All outdoor units come with a corrosion-resistant cabinet made of heavy gauge galvanized steel. The higher the SEER rating, the better the energy performance.
Electrical standards include a 12-gauge wiring package throughout your house, tamper resistant outlets and a 200-amp electrical panel.Type A PEX plumbing lines are standard with engineered polymer.

Standard Programmable. Conserve energy by adjusting your thermostat while at home or away.


Pella Encompass Windows
Standard. Single hung Pella Encompass energy-efficient vinyl windows with Low-E glass.
Virtually maintenance-free with quality and energy efficiency. Upgrade to any other windows in this series or any other Pella serires.
• Multichambered, fully welded frame and sash reduces sound transmission and heat loss.
•Interlocking sash helps seal out drafts.
•Steel-reinforced sash provides excellent
structural integrity and resistance to wind.

Virtually maintenance-free, high grade vinyl never needs painting. The solid color throughout the vinyl keeps minor dings and scratches virtually invisible.

Choose from white or Almond


Standard Low-E Glass
Standard Low-E Glass (all windows of any series). Acts as a sun block by reducing the passage of UV rays to help prevent the fading of furniture and carpet. Low-E coatings reduce energy loss by as much as 30-50%. Bottom image depicts Wardcraft standards.

Your Local Authorized Wardcraft Building Professional
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