Friday, October 12, 2012
Green Building Material
The majority of homes today are built using wood frames, the traditional Building Material and the material of choice for many. However building a wood framed house requires a very carefully designed plan and a construction crew with much experience and skill. Building a home with a wood frame will generally result in a reliable and secure structure, however it is also susceptible to premature failure when small details are left unchecked or is made with a poor quality wood product. Wood frames also have the ability to rot and attract infestation and construction costs associated with building such frames are also a detriment.
Today the home owner has the opportunity to choose from alternative Green Building Materials and make a difference.
Insulated Concrete Forms: These preformed blocks are made with expanded polystyrene (EPS) and metal rebar which can be stacked to build your frame. They are then filled with concrete to create an insulated and exceptionally strong wall!
The Benefits of Building a Home with Insulated Concrete Forms
Ease of Use - These building blocks are very easy to use. They require much less crew and take significantly less time to build than a traditional home
Energy Efficiency – The insulation properties of polystyrene and the high thermal mass of the concrete help to reduce the internal temperature fluctuations to create a more efficient and comfortable indoor environment.
Noise Reduction - Insulated Concrete form walls make an enormous difference in the reduction of noise transmission.
Fire-resistance - This product is highly rated for fire-resistance and has been proven in some products to have a four hour resistance rating!
Strength - These walls are exceptionally strong and can be built to hurricane/seismic standards.
Mildew/Rot – These walls will not support the growth of mildew and mold.