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Build a Concrete Home
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 22, 2011 10:23 AM

Go green with superior technology, extraordinary performance, and value. Today, home buyers expect to get more from their new home. They want beauty that’s more than skin deep. A home that fits their lifestyle, but also a home with solid, high quality constructions, greater comfort and security; lower energy bills; lower maintenance. A home that’s healthier to live in, and easier on the environment.

It’s becoming harder and harder to meet their new expectations with the same old building technology – wood framing. So more and more builders and home buyers are turning to something new. A modern adaptation of a centuries-old technology using the most proven building material on earth. Concrete.

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) give you all the benefits that have made concrete the material of choice for home building worldwide: Solid, lasting construction that resists the ravages of fire, wind, and mother nature. But ICFs do plain concrete one better – or rather, two better – by giving you two built-in layers of foam insulation.

This gives an ICF home some sizable advantages over an ordinary stick-built home; greater energy efficiency, more peace and quiet, and more sheer day-to-day living comfort, all wrapped up in a solid, high-quality building package that gives an ICF home an utterly remarkable feel that really has to be experienced to be believed. As soon as you step inside, you can tell that an ICF home is not an ordinary house. It’s not just beautiful, comfortable and quiet; you can feel that it’s solid, built to last.

So just how expensive is it to get all these extraordinary benefits? The truth is you can get superior ICF technology for a lot less than you’d think. ICFs are so efficient to build with and easy to use, that the cost of building an ICF house is comparable to that of an ordinary 2x6 wood-framed house. But you get so much more home for your money

Several programs have been created over the past few years in an attempt to quantify the environmental footprint of a building, and identify a benchmark for green building. Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) construction is a consistently strong contributor to any of these green build measures.

Perhaps the most recognized is the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED promotes a whole-building approach with performance criteria in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

No matter what the green point system, Insulating Concrete Forms offer the most straightforward solution for an environmentally preferred, energy efficient thermal envelope so vital to sustainable construction.

Information for this article was taken from the ICFA – Insulated Concrete Form Association.

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 or 713-818-6658, or send an email to debbie@vallone

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