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Build Green with a Concrete Home
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 • Posted January 5, 2010 10:00 PM

Want to build a Concrete Home? What do you know about ICF homes and ICF construction? First off, ICF stands for insulated Concrete Forms.

Insulating Concrete Forms - ICF

Insulated Concrete Forms, or ICFs, are stay-in-place forms used to build a superior concrete home. Benefits of building with ICFs include energy savings, fire resistance, superior structural integrity, and an ecologically sound building process, just to name a few. Once you have built an ICF, or lived in an ICF home, you will undoubtedly never go back to the flimsiness of a stick-framed house. The difference in quality is similar to the difference between Hoover Dam and a dam built by a beaver. And while the rumor of the highly priced concrete home persists, the fact is concrete homes are more than affordable - the energy savings that concrete home owners enjoy make the concrete home the more affordable home.

Just how strong is an ICF home?

A concrete home is structurally designed to be ten to 20 times stronger than a stick-framed home. An ICF can weather a tornado, earthquake or hurricane virtually un-scathed. Durability - Adding to the structural integrity of the concrete home is the very nature of its components. The basic components of an ICF home don’t rot or rust. You can expect your concrete home to remain structurally sound for 200 years or more.

Affordable Concrete Homes

Within the last decade, many homeowners, builders and architects have come to realize the superiority of the ICF home and the ICF boom is under full swing. By 2015, ICF homes are expected to make up 15-25% of all new homes built. More and more homeowners are looking for quality-built homes that will save on heating and cooling, and also withstand natural disasters. As the oil prices continue to rise, more and more homeowners are seeing that cheap, stick-framed homes are eating into their retirement funds, while the minimal cost to heat or cool an ICF home may afford the concrete home owner an entirely more comfortable standard of living. If you choose to build an ICF, rest assured we have experts here to support you all the way. Contact a Green builder to get a cost and discuss all the options to build Green with a Concrete Home.

Information taken from http://www.concrete-home.com/. For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 / 713-818-69658 or debbie@ vallonerealestate.net

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