Troy Gibson Troy Gibson has over 8 years of creative and strategic marketing management experience, ranging from sports marketing to retail marketing. He has been a part of the ICF industry for 6 years and is an USGBC LEED Green Associate. He focuses his efforts on communicating the benefits of a premium building envelope. Troy has a B.S. of Marketing from Northwest Missouri State and has a wife and child to occupy his free time.
Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between...
Fox Blocks addresses many of the common inquiries of ICF professionals and put them in easy to use topics. Hopefully they can help to educate the ICF community on how to build with ICFs properly.
What is thermal mass? Well, it’s basically a substance’s ability to resist fluctuations in temperature, which means it takes a lot of energy to heat a substance and a lot of energy to cool it. A good example of this is a concrete sidewalk in the summer.
Waking up to the sound of a drunk driver crashing into your house can be disturbing–and there are plenty of other words to describe the sensation. I know exactly what that’s like.
I like to have quiet when I work. Thats always been the case. I think it happened because I grew up in a finished basement with concrete walls that were insulated and finished, and which kept the outside world away from me and my thoughts (except for the herd of elephantsaka, my familytromping around upstairs).
Springtime weather brings about sudden shifts. And the trumpeters announcing these sudden shifts are typically gale-force winds. The importance of an air barrier during such shifts cant be understated.
Previously, the idea of a jacket was brought up as an analogy to describe the building envelope. Specifically, the notion of an air barrier preventing wind from whisking away heat and affecting occupancy comfort was used.
A building is the sum of its parts. That has always been true, and it will always be true. When it comes to sustainable or green buildings, though, the importance of every part becomes magnified.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) has always been an important issue, whether or not weve realized it. However, as construction techniques have advanced and as weve come to have an increased emphasis on energy efficiency due to costs, IAQ has become a primary focus.
If youre one of the many who live in the Midwest, Northeast or any other region that has a strong difference between the seasons, then you know full well how crazy the weather can be in late winter/early spring.
There are definitely times when youre happy to get more than you really need - days off from work, an extra helping of dessert, or in the case of green building, LEED or points.
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