Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • September 2013
Written by  Metro Creative Connection

Extreme wind destruction is diminished with eco-concrete

Unlike our childhood days of kicking back in the sunshine, summer and fall have now become seasons of weather-induced anxiety.

Indeed, this period in 2012 wreaked havoc across the United States, with scorching temperatures and ferocious storms. In as many as 25 different regions, houses and buildings were destroyed, property was damaged, electricity was cut and lives were lost. This year, killer tornados shook the nation during spring, so it’s no wonder why so many Americans are looking for better protection inside their homes.

On the brighter side, the construction industry says this can be achieved right now. Due to eco-conscious building initiatives over the past decade and more, stronger home-construction methods and materials are now available everywhere.

“Replace the standard wood-frame walls with the greener fuel-efficient system of reinforced concrete,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, a leading name in this field. “The lifestyle benefits are countless, primarily ensuring occupant safety and comfort with lower operating costs.”

The innovative system erects the main structure of a house (or any building) with preassembled insulated concrete forms, or ICFs. At the construction site, each form interlocks like a Lego to create one super-strong wall with thicknesses ranging from 4 to 12 inches.

“Our Nudura method has been certified, tested and made available as an alternative to wood framing for many years,” Blyth continued. “It is only now, however, that the numerous occupant benefits, including the ability to withstand hurricane force winds up to 250 miles per hour, are suddenly in the spotlight.”

This kind of concrete home also provides superior fire and flood protection, sound resistance, plus temperature and draft control, says Blyth, and it is reducing energy bills by up to 70 percent.

Green is comfortable

Blyth points out that opting for an ICF home is environmentally sound as well. In addition to reducing or eliminating the drafts, cold spots and mold associated with wood, Nudura construction materials are more efficient and kinder to the natural environment due to:

  • Reusable materials: The interlocking forms include a unique folding web design that is manufactured from 100 percent recycled polymers and steel.
  • Lower consumption: Unlike wood framing, concrete reduces the need for trees, and since it is the one of the most durable building materials, concrete structures can be expected to stand the test of time.
  • Less carbon: When combined with other energy-efficient construction methods, building with concrete significantly reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed for heating and cooling, and thus reduces the carbon footprint of everyone in the house.
  • Less waste: Building with insulated concrete forms is cleaner during the construction process, sending less waste to landfills. Leftover material from ICFs is 100 percent recyclable.
  • Better air quality: Laboratory tests confirm that, unlike wood walls, ICFs do not support mold growth or any of the health irritants that arise from airborne mold spores.

Better still, says Blyth, those who make this serious commitment to sustainability don’t have to do so at the expense of beauty. Once the concrete core is in place, you can finish it with attractive brick, stone, stucco, wood siding or more. Inside, the builder can easily achieve beautiful architectural shapes, like arches, skylights, bay windows and doors.

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Source: Metro Creative Connection.

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