Concrete Home

Concrete home style

Concrete homes offer features that purchasers and builders value; strong and solid construction that provides comfortable shelter from typical weather, and minimizes property damage while protecting occupants from extreme weather and natural disasters. Yet strength and durability alone are not enough: the systems have to be easy to design and build and be versatile to suit any architectural style. Concrete systems are that and more.

 




 

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Whether they think of it as “building green” or “sustainability,” today’s consumers expect their homes to have minimal environmental impact yet meet or exceed their lifestyle needs. They want properties offering comfort and security with low energy bills and low maintenance. They also demand healthy interiors that promote well being. Moreover, they want all of this in an attractive package.

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Contemporary concrete building systems offer features that purchasers and builders value: strong and solid construction that provides comfortable shelter and protects occupants from extreme weather. Yet strength and durability alone are not enough.  The systems have to be easy to design and build and be versatile to suit any architectural style. Concrete systems deliver all that and more.

 

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During the Life of the Structure

Cool. Light- or natural-colored concrete reduces heat islands, thereby lowering outdoor temperatures, saving energy, and reducing smog.

Disaster Resistant.
 
Concrete walls offer high durability and strength They are resistant to fires, wind, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wind-driven rain, and moisture damage. The use of concrete can even reduce fire insurance rates.

 

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Energy Performance. Houses constructed with concrete achieve energy savings by combining the thermal mass of concrete with the optimal amount of insulation in precast concrete walls. Compared to wood and steel, concrete structures allow minimal temperature fluctuations. Consequently, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning can be designed with smaller-capacity equipment, saving money and resources. Additionally the wall acts as an air barrier, reducing air infiltration and saving more energy.

 

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Indoor Air Quality. Concrete has low volatile organic compound (VOC) emittance and does not degrade indoor air quality.

Recyclable. Concrete structures in urban areas can be recycled into fill and road base material at the end of their useful life (about 5 to 20 percent of aggregate in precast concrete can be recycled concrete).

 

Concrete home

In the past, most homes were built with wood and brick. But with more difficult weather conditions, rising costs in heat and maintenance upkeep, concrete has become an increasingly popular material for building houses [source: McMichael]. Read the tips listed below to learn about how you can build your dream home out of concrete.
 
 
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1. Research the use of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF). They are as durable and safe as concrete blocks, but they're cheaper and easier to build with. The ICFs will conserve your heat and air conditioning to save you money in the long run. As well, ICFs are guaranteed to protect your family and property in extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes and earthquakes. Traditional concrete blocks may prove to be more difficult for subcontractors to work with once you have built the foundation.

 
 
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2. Contact an ICF contractor to discuss your blueprints and the plot of land that you plan to build on. With the increasing popularity of concrete forms, you should be able to find a contractor in your area or one who is willing to travel to your home base. He can provide you with pictures of similar projects and give you estimates on the cost and materials you'll need to build a house out of ICF .
 
 
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3. Order your ICF blocks after you finalize your plans. Similar to children's Lego blocks, these concrete blocks come off of the truck re-enforced with steel bars and ready to be assembled. With the right tools, the right builders and efficient contractors, your concrete home will be ready in a faction of the time it takes to build a traditional wood and brick home.