Efficient steel reinforced concrete homes – PAD Systems

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ICF Manufacturer Makes Hurricane Resistant and Energy Efficient Dream Home a Reality for a South Alabama Family

Fort Deposit, AL (PRWEB) April 12, 2006

When a consumer reporter for Alabama Public Television decided to build a new home, she did what any reporter would do…research. Lori Cummings producer and host of the statewide program Alabama @ Work began searching for the best way to build both a wind resistant and energy efficient home. Cummings says three letters kept popping up in her research; ICF, which stands for insulated concrete forms. I decided to do a story for our television program on building with ICFs and became intrigued by the concept, says Cummings, it just made so much sense and I wondered why everyone wasn’t building with insulated concrete forms.

But when Cummings tried to find her own contractor to build her dream home she could not find an ICF builder. I was discouraged, but decided to do more research. I went to the Portland Cement Association web site and started emailing block manufacturers, Tritex ICF Products responded quickly. Cummings replies.

A few months later, General Sales Manager Thad Tobaben came with a Tritex team from North Alabama including Barry Camper, Mark Cobb and Tim Liptak along with Greenville, Alabama contractor Randall Nicholas was at the Cummings home site breaking ground on her new concrete home.

Tritex believes in their products and the simplicity of building with our Insulated Concrete Forms, Alabama builder Randall Nicholas caught on quickly and is already planning two more concrete homes, says Tobaben. Tritex stayed on the Cummings project until the ICF portion was complete walking Nicholas and his crew through the entire process.

Nicholas told Tritex, I have to admit I didn’t know if I was going to like building with ICFs, but we just finished the last concrete pour on the Cummings’ house and I am extremely pleased with the product and how easy it is to use. I will definitely be building with Tritex blocks again.

Cummings knows her dream home would not be a reality without Tritex ICF Products and is looking forward to living in her new home this summer. According to the Portland Concrete Association, her new home built with insulated concrete forms requires 44 percent less energy to heat and 32 percent less energy to cool than comparable frame homes. ICF constructed homes can withstand up to 225 mile and hour winds which is an F5 tornado or Category 5 hurricane.

Tritex went above and beyond the call of duty and I will never forget what they have done for me and my family. I won’t have to worry this hurricane season and I will be able to afford my energy bills even when I retire. Thank you Tritex! Cummings says with a smile.

About Tritex:

Founded in 2003, Tritex is a new name in insulated concrete forms. Manufacturing plants are located in Conyers, GA, Pardeeville, WI, and Colorado Springs, CO.

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Explore the Worthwhile Investment of Building Energy Efficient Concrete Homes with this Free Catalog


Yucaipa, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2006 –

The Concrete Network, the largest and most comprehensive source for concrete information on the web, offers a free downloadable catalog for homeowners, designers, and builders wanting to know more about concrete homes and all they have to offer. The catalog Concrete Homes provides an educational overview of what can be expected when building with concrete including how concrete homes are built, choosing materials, designs options, costs and overall benefits.

The popularity of concrete homes continues to grow more and more as builders and homeowners begin to understand the many advantages these structures have to offer. Ten years ago concrete homes made up just three percent of the market. Today their popularity is exploding, making up over 15 percent of the new homes that are built. View The Concrete Networks photo gallery of concrete homes for a deeper look into the options available for concrete homes.

Buying a home is typically the biggest investment people ever make. If that home is constructed with concrete walls, their investment is naturally protected from the structural damage that can be caused by the effects of nature. They are the buyers who can benefit the most from savings on energy bills and insurance premiums and they are the ones who can least afford the cost of damage from natural disasters. So concrete makes a lot of sense in that market, explains Jon Rufty of Rufty Homes in North Carolina.

Concrete homes are credited with their long-lasting durability, energy efficiency, limitless design possibilities, and their ability to offer shelter through Mother Natures often devastating disasters. Within the catalog, readers will also find specifications about the costs of building a concrete home compared to a standard wood-framed home, and the materials from which these homes are built, including Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs). Find additional detailed information about all aspects of concrete homes on The Concrete Network Web site.

Established in 1999, The Concrete Networks purpose is to educate consumers, builders, and contractors on popular decorative techniques and applications including stamped concrete, stained concrete floors, concrete countertops, polished concrete, and much more. Over 872,000 visitors researched The Concrete Network Web site in June, 2006.

The site excels at connecting buyers with local contractors in their area through its Find-A-Contractor service. The service provides visitors with a list of decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is fully searchable by 22 types of decorative concrete work and 199 metropolitan areas throughout North America.

Attached photos courtesy of Reward Wall Systems.

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Greenblock ICF Wall Systems Tornado Resistant and Energy Efficient

Norman, OK (PRWEB) August 14, 2008

Greenblock Worldwide Corporation (http://www.greenblock.com), a leader and pioneer in the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry, has announced that they have begun marketing their ICF products and installation services in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. With operations throughout the U.S. and Canada, Greenblock has been promoting the use of their ICFs as a disaster resistant, energy saving replacement for traditional building materials for the last forty years.

“The benefits of ICF construction are enormous for this region,” said Oklahoma-based Greenblock territory manager Eric Williams. “With our temperature extremes and severe weather we need homes, schools and workplaces that are energy efficient and disaster resistant. Our ICF wall systems are safe, strong and super energy efficient. I’m looking forward to introducing Greenblock as a sustainable alternative to stick frame and concrete block construction in this area.” continued Williams.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Eric Williams join our Greenblock team”, said Jeff Alexander, Greenblock CEO. “Eric is a certified instructor for several ICF building courses and he is actively involved in the building community in this region. He’ll be a

great asset for anyone looking to build with ICFs”, continued Alexander.

Insulated concrete forms are a ‘stay-in-place’ insulated wall forming system made of three primary components; high R-value expanded polystyrene foam, rigid plastic ties and steel-reinforced poured concrete. The use of ICF’s began more than a half century ago and is continuing to gain popularity throughout the construction industry – especially now because of its energy efficient, sustainable attributes.

Steel reinforced, poured concrete walls are the strongest, safest building materials currently available. ICF walls have been tested and can withstand tornado force winds. And they resist cracking and buckling up to five times better than concrete block walls.

The bulk of a building’s environmental footprint is caused by the energy consumed in the heating and cooling of the structure over its lifetime. The high performance thermal envelope provided by Greenblock ICF construction can offer significant contribution towards reducing the energy consumption needed to control the interior climate of the building. Additionally, the lack of air infiltration and the resistance to moisture through the exterior walls eliminates the growth of mold and pests penetration thus creating a healthy indoor environment that promotes increased employee productivity due to the reduction of sick days.

Projects seeking a green certification from the United States Green Building Council, NAHB or Green Building Initiative, benefit from involving Greenblock ICFs with their project. Greenblock insulated concrete forms are:


Energy Efficient
The expandable polystyrene foam in a Greenblock wall provides a consistent R-24 Thermal Resistance over the life of the product. Coupled with the thermal mass characteristics of concrete, as well as the lack of air infiltration in an ICF wall, the Greenblock system provides a wall comparable to that of an R-50 wood-framed or CMU wall. ICF structures are up to 70% cheaper to heat and 50% cheaper to cool than traditional wood frame or concrete block construction.

Sound Resistant
Structures using Greenblock achieve documented levels of STC (Sound Transmission Classifications) 50 (inaudible) or higher. Wood frame and CMU structures are typically rated an average STC 25, meaning people inside of the structure can hear and understand voices outside the structure. Outside noise such as traffic, airplanes, construction and even lawnmowers and leaf blowers are greatly reduced, making the structure a quiet, peaceful sanctuary.

Strong and Safe
Greenblock structures are much stronger than traditional building methods and materials. Greenblock walls are built with steel-reinforced concrete and fire-resisting expanded polystyrene foam, and they have a 2 to 4 hour fire rating depending on which product is used. ICF structures also improve indoor air quality by eliminating the holes and crevices that can trap moisture and foster mold and mildew growth.

Environmentally Friendly
The decision to construct with Greenblock ICFs is an environmentally responsible choice. Buildings constructed with ICFs significantly reduce the negative impact on the environment through sustainable site-planning, energy-efficiency, lower HVAC requirements and improved indoor air quality.(Builders can earn up to 20 LEED points). Greenblock ICFs are non-toxic; using no CFCs, HCFCs or formaldehydes, the absence of “off-gassing” eliminates the possibility of air pollution or ozone depletion.

Greenblock will be exhibiting at the Sunbelt Builders Show, November 6-8, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine TX.

About Greenblock, Inc.

Greenblock’s (http://www.greenblock.com) roots originated in Europe over 30 years ago and moved to the United States and Canada in the late 1980’s. With several integral modifications from the time of its inception, today’s Greenblock continues to be the superior choice for high efficiency wall systems, noted for outstanding design and ease of use. Over the years, a significant number of structures have been built with Greenblock. Projects that range from stem walls, basements, single and multi-story residences, apartments, condominiums, schools, hospitals, towers and even swimming pools. Government agencies and utility companies are now recognizing the superior features of insulated form-built structures and are beginning to recommend its use for environmental and energy conservation benefits.

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Goodwill Vermont Opens New Energy Efficient Retail Space Using Amvic ICF

South Burlington, VT (PRWEB) January 7, 2010

Vermont ICF are delighted to announce the grand opening of a new 16,500 sq ft retail/warehouse space that will be home to Goodwill Industries. This one storey structure employed energy saving insulating concrete forms (ICF) for its exterior envelope to ensure the occupants will enjoy a comfortable environment as well as ongoing reduced operating costs.

Using ICF wasn’t automatically the owner’s first choice. Green Dolphin LLC, the builder on the project, provided a detailed cost comparison between conventional steel construction and ICFs (http://www.amvicsystem.com) to facilitate the decision.

“Although the property owner was open to new ideas, the end result had to be cost effective,” says Jim Cameron, project manager from Green Dolphin. “In reviewing the comparison between ICF and conventional steel construction, on paper the ICF appeared more costly. Looking beyond the surface at multiple savings in construction steps and time, as well as the ongoing reduced energy costs, the two options would have cost about the same. The result is a building that exceeds energy usage standards with a reduced carbon footprint and a very air-tight structure.”

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Alberta Timber Frame Home Receives one of the Most Efficient Energy Ratings Given by EnerGuide, Canadas Equivalent of EnergyStar


(PRWEB) August 25, 2011

The Lefebvre home was not designed primarily to achieve high energy ratings, but instead to be a reflection of the homeowners aesthetic style, while reducing energy costs at the same time.

“We were trying to bring old Quebec City to Calgary,” said Lefebvre. “We love the architecture of old Quebec City, so the house is designed with those kinds of elements in mind: lots of rock, timber frame, and large porches in the front and back.”

So how did they achieve a rating of 86? In addition to the traditional mortise and tenon joinery of the timber frame, the Lefebvre foundation was built with Advantage insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and enclosed with Insulspan structural insulated panels (SIPs). These super-insulating products are designed into all Riverbend homes to work seamlessly with the framing. Additional products used within the project include Plasti-Span insulation under the basement slab, a passive solar design and radiant heating.

The result is that the Lefebvres 6,100-square-foot home costs roughly $ 200 per month to heat in a cold climate. In addition to lower energy costs, the Lefebvres high rating qualifies them for an energy-efficiency rebate of $ 10, 000. Brent Cooper, Riverbends Western sales manager, worked with the Lefebvres on the project and said hes proud of the homes rating.

What I think is most exciting is that they were able to accomplish it primarily because of the insulating products Riverbend uses in their building system, he said. But at the same time, they didnt have to give up their original timber frame design concept.

Cooper said this level of energy efficiency is unique to Riverbend timber frame homes.

I know of no other timber frame company in North America with the ability to provide a building shell of this standard, he said. He added that the tight building shell allows Riverbend customers to enjoy the beauty of their open timber frame design, including vaulted spaces, without increasing their energy costs.

Homeowner Steven Lefebvre said that the flexibility of design and the use of a strong family of products were two of the reasons he chose Riverbend to create his custom timber frame home.

One of the reasons I picked Riverbend Timber Framing was that the ICFs, timber and SIPs had to fit together perfectly, Lefebvre said. It proved to be a very wise decision.

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H3 Homes Specializes in “Green” Energy Efficient Construction Utilizing Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)


Port St. Lucie, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2011

South Florida homebuilders H3 Homes are offering new, safe and efficient luxury homes in South Florida with their new Barcelona model. The real estate boom in South Florida has sent home costs soaring, and luxury homes have become prohibitively expensive. In response to this, H3 Homes is offering great luxury homes for affordable prices.

Hurricane-ready with solid-poured concrete walls, engineered roof trusses with hurricane straps, and hurricane impact resistant windows, H3 Homes are safe and built to last. Every H3 Home also comes with high-efficiency Rheem air conditioning units and energy efficient insulation in all the walls (R-24) and ceiling (R-30). Outside the house you will find an oversized covered lanai with a summer kitchen that includes a grill, sink, and mini-fridge, a stamped concrete or paver driveway and walkway and a complete landscaping and irrigation package. The house also comes with a Mediterranean style barrel tile roof, textured stucco with Mediterranean style trim and crown molding, as well as decorative corbels and medallions.

Enter the Barcelona model through the 18 foot grand entry way with French doors, and see the spacious floor plan with oversized family room. These homes also come with a complete luxury package that includes travertine, marble, and hardwood floors, granite countertops, 11-13 foot soaring volume ceilings with a custom trim package including crown molding and window casing and 30+ recessed hi-hat lighting fixtures throughout. H3 Homes leave nothing to be desired, with their Barcelona model that features four bedrooms, with a study or optional 5th bedroom, and four full bathrooms (including a cabana bath), as well as a gourmet kitchen with 42 inch cherry wood cabinets, an oversized pantry, a breakfast/serving bar, and a professional series stainless steel appliance package. The Barcelona model is 4,027 total square feet with 3,019 square feet under air. H3 Homes offers an “On Your Lot” program, where they will build the luxury home on your own land anywhere in South Florida.

H3 Homes aims to deliver high-quality luxury homes at affordable prices. Jim Harkins of H3 Homes states, “We don’t believe the ‘luxury’ should be an upgrade in any luxury home. That is why we include the luxury features and options in our standard package that everyone else charges you extra for.”

H3 Homes chose Port St. Lucie for its Barcelona model, since it is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Florida – and for good reason. Port St. Lucie offers Tradition Field, spring training home to the New York Mets, as well as many historical sites, including museums and naval exhibits. Fishing and golfing are prime in St. Lucie County, with over 15 golf courses and a short drive to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches.

H3 Homes is one of the newest and most exciting home-buying opportunities, with high-quality, safe, luxury homes for an affordable price. With a wide range of location options, H3 Homes is a safe bet for a great luxury home.

For more information about H3 Homes, visit: http://www.h3homes.com

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More Ways to Save Money and Go Green: New Off The Grid News Article Describes the Latest in Energy Efficient Insulation


Thomson, IL (PRWEB) April 23, 2013

Off The Grid News presents a new article, “This Insulation Could Save You Hundreds On Your Electric Bill,” featuring information about insulation to save homeowners hundreds of dollars on electric bills. This reader-friendly article explains the basics of insulation so that even the least experienced will benefit.

Starting with a simple definition of insulation and its basic principles, the article progresses through the most common forms of insulation and then on to innovative new products designed for energy efficiency. It describes in detail the components of each type, how it works, and the best way to use each. Batts and rolls are the most common as they are flexible and easy for do-it-yourselfers to use, as is rigid foam insulation, though it is more expensive. Loose-fill and foam-in-place insulations are more difficult and both are often installed by professionals.

Though all of these common insulations work effectively to regulate interior air temperatures and will save more energy than no insulation, this article describes several newer materials designed to work naturally to provide even more insulation to save more money on energy bills.

The first of these is insulating concrete blocks. In these blocks, polystyrene beads or rigid foam inserts fill the cavities, providing greater insulation. The author explains, These blocks will not outperform conventional concrete that has been covered with panels of exterior insulation, but they can be very good for locations that are hot in the summertime and not overwhelmingly cold in winter. The reason for this is that concrete has high thermal mass, meaning it can easily absorb heat from the surrounding atmosphere, even on the inside of a home.

Reflective or radiant barrier insulation describes conventional materials covered in reflective materials which redirect heat away from the building. Rigid fiber board, usually installed around ductwork, furnaces, or stoves, can be installed by homeowners looking to upgrade their insulation.

Perhaps the most exciting new product described is structural insulated panels. The author defines them as prefabricated structural pieces with insulation already incorporated, and they are put together piece by piece to construct walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors. They are generally comprised of four-to-eight-inch-thick rigid foam board insulation sandwiched between two sections of oriented strand board or other similar structural material, and when fully assembled, they offer a uniform, consistent insulating experience that will deliver the ultimate in airtight living.

These panels are 20-25 percent more energy efficient than conventional materials and can create energy savings desperately needed in a still-struggling economy.

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New Energy Efficient Wall System is a Game Changer – Cresco Concrete Products, LLC


Houston, Texas (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

Cresco Concrete Products, LLC announces the introduction of the new Liteblok Jumbo. Liteblok is a precision molded, interlocking, mortarless building block allowing for the rapid construction of inexpensive walls. Liteblok is made from lightweight cellular concrete and is composed of sand, cement and a network of tiny, discrete air pockets. Liteblok is a form; the holes within the blocks enclose a structure of steel reinforced concrete columns and beams.

The 5 thick, 10 tall by 20 wide (nominal dimensions) Jumbo joins three existing block sizes: Standard (5 thick by 5 tall by 10wide), Tall (5 thick by 10 tall by 10 wide) and Grande (8 thick by 8 tall by 16 wide).

All blocks offer the following features:

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