Fucile Home: Reston Contest Winners

Fucile house backMartha Fucile and Eric Shor
Reston, Virginia

Year Built: 1986
Square Footage: 1,598
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5
3 Story Town Home
Electric Heat Pump

Projected Energy Savings

Their Story

As 2nd place winners in the 2012 NOVA Home Energy Makeover Contest, Martha Fucile and Eric Shor’s home energy assessment uncovered lots of smaller fixes and not the dreaded major overhauls like new windows they had feared. Indeed, their Reston townhome has had a comfort resurgence thanks largely to air sealing and adding insulation in the attic and other trouble spots.

“I was upstairs this afternoon and it hit me: Our upstairs is not nearly as hot a it has been in summers past! Now that we’ve had a few days of legitimate summer heat, it is very clear that sealing off the attic has made an enormous difference. In summers past, the upper two levels have been stuffy, hot and have actually smelled like the attic. But not now. Our home is comfortable and the AC is not having to run all the time. I don’t feel like the temp goes up 10 degrees for every set of stairs I climb!” — Martha Fucile

Basic Issues Uncovered in Home Energy Assessment

  • Attic lacking air sealing
  • Attic pull down stair not insulated
  • Uncovered attic fan
  • Air leaks throughout home
  • 2 cantilever overhands not properly air sealed or insulated

Energy Improvement Measures Implemented

  • Air sealed attic and added cellulose insulation
  • Installed tight fitting whole house fan cover and attic tent over the pull down stairs
  • Air sealed laundry room
  • Removed two soffit overhands and reinsulated