It's easy being green; after all, there are many ways to design and build a high performance green home.
High performance homes start long before the groundbreaking. That's why the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati, an aspiring LEED Platinum and Passive House certified home is starting with insulated concrete forms.
The Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will be a high performance demonstration home with a goal of achieving some of the toughest green building certifications available.
Buyers beware: builders that simply make claims of great energy efficiency with no proof of testing or third party certification are Greenwashing!
As insulated concrete forms gain ground in the residential marketplace, contractors and installers are learning about the benefits of this building system.
Four insulated concrete form houses in a low-income housing project in Louisville are among the first built with home plans for affordable housing that could be game changer for residential construction.
An ICF building project that uses traditional lumber for door and window openings won't deliver all the benefits that it could.
One of the keys to a successful insulated concrete form project is to end up with straight and true walls, and one manufacturer has addressed that problem.
With severe storms becoming more common in many parts of the country, an easy-to-build concrete form storm shelter can provide peace of mind - and safety.
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A new line of ductless HVAC systems offers flexibility and high efficiency options for renovations and new construction.
A behind-the-scenes account of designing and building an award-winning green home.
There's a new option for building homes to stand up to the worst that Mother Nature has to offer.
The Shore Road Project, built by Murphy Brothers Contracting, in Greenwich, Connecticut, recently was recognized as one of the most innovative projects in the country at the ICF Builder Awards.
From lower prices for solar power to an explosion of ductless mini split HVAC options, high performance home trends continue to develop.
As Habitat for Humanity and other affordable homebuilders look for ways to go green and stay on budget, a new concrete wall system could be the answer.
More than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed.
A majestic Scottish castle is taking shape in Connecticut, and it just may have the strength to withstand a siege, thanks to the insulated concrete forms that make up the walls.
Although insulated concrete forms are often used in cooler climates, builders are using them in tropical climates as well.
Reflecting the growing interest in insulated concrete form construction, Fox Blocks has expanded its manufacturing base to Texas and Missouri. Omaha-based Fox Blocks, the fastest growing manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICF) in North America, continues expansion of their added...
If you'd like to live in a green energy-efficient home but think it's too expensive, think again. Today homebuilders can use surprisingly affordable building technology that offers significant benefits in energy efficiency, safety and home comfort for little to no...
The Las Vegas Army Reserve Center Phase 2 project cost less and reduced building time with insulated concrete form construction. The 9,000-square-foot Army Reserve Center project in in Sloan, Nev., benefitted from the ease of stacking and quality interlocking corners...
Often when homeowners and builders consider investing in green elements for a home, the concept of payoff comes to mind. The perception is that building an energy-efficient home costs a lot more, and therefore should pay back the difference compared...
Proven in the harsh weather in the Philippines and 13 other countries over the last decade, a new affordable and resilient construction process is now available in the United States through Defender Technologies, LLC. Engineered to resist hurricane and tornado...
A home in Glendale, Ariz., has a pink concrete in its walls. On purpose. To support breast cancer awareness, the American Concrete Institute’s Concrete Cares program launched pink concrete pours in a number of cities across the country. Castle Rock...
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Concrete is one of the most used building products in the world, and it’s also one of the heaviest and hardest to handle. Builders that must order cement usually order more than is needed to complete their task.
After all, coming up short could be devastating to the pour as well as to the budget.