The benefits of living in a concrete house include safety from disastrous weather events, fire safety, increased energy efficiency, low maintenance costs, protection from mold and fungus growth, and healthier living when companion building materials have low VOC ratings. Their initial cost may turn out to be a little higher than standard wood-frame construction. But when this happens, the additional monthly mortgage payment amount is more than covered by monthly savings for reduced energy costs, homeowner insurance, lower maintenance costs, and catastrophic events that end in complete structure replacement. Homeowners may even find themselves with more money in their bank accounts. And that doesn’t factor in a higher quality of living and the impact that this housing has on the world community.
– Critical Mass, Medgar Marceau, Eco Structure, Jan-Feb 2009, pp. 62-65 For full article see: www.eco-structure.com
*Credit to architect Edward Mazria; I think he said this first, if he didn’t say it first he sure says it well.
Many ‘green, buildings don’t save energy ….. Why? They have too much glass, they are overventilated, they are leaky to air, they are fraught with thermal bridges, and they rely on gimmicks and fads rather than physics.
– Joseph W Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., FellowASHRAE, Building Science, November 2008, pp. 1-8.
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With our EnergyWise 50% energy savings level guarantee, studies have estimated significant savings. Energy required for heating and cooling a typical home is between 48 and 90 million BTUs per year according to statistics from the EPA. At 50% savings that would save 24 million to 45 million BTUs each year. In a 100 year life cycle, savings amount to as much as 4.5 billion BTU’s, and estimates are that CO2 emmisions are reduced over 100,000 kgs.
ReddiForm ICFs are recyclable, nontoxic, have no CFCs, and reduce building waste to near zero. ReddiForm’s home building system also saves most of the 40+ trees needed to frame a wood wall home, and eliminates the disruption of one acre of natural habitat.
ReddiForm is more than a sustainable home building system, it helps in many ways to save our earth.
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If you are considering making your building LEED certified, ICF construction contributes to USGBC LEED NC Energy Optimization credits–– the 10 toughest points with the greatest savings in life cycle costs.
Go beyond LEED with some common sense. Ask these questions, and read the subsequent article.
How big is my building? Where is it? What is going on inside it? How much energy did it use compared to a similar sized building in a similar location with a similar occupancy built to standard practice? … So what do we need to do to make the energy savings real? We have to start making the right decisions at the front end, but we also have to be keeping track of how well we are doing at the back end so that we can continue to improve.
Mis-Leed-ing By Joseph W. Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE printed in Building Science, November 2009, PP 3 – 5. Click Here to Read the Rest at BuildingScience