The Building Science community continues to push for more stringent energy codes. Increases in insulation requirements and airtightness have become the primary mechanism to achieve higher performance. Buildings are required to use less overall energy, and where they require energy are asked to supply it themselves. Net-zero compliance is a hot topic in many North…Read more
With the present generations’ increasing focus on saving planet earth, several key initiatives are being adopted to reduce our negative impact on the environment. One of the leading movements today is the focus on sustainable development. The expression might sound complex, but in fact, simply applies to any kind of development that meets today’s needs…Read more
Concrete has been used for construction since the ancient Egyptians. After World War II, it was used as a staple material for rapid reconstruction. But in the 1980s, builders and architects grew tired of the concrete jungles and it simply went out of style. However, today, it’s making a comeback in an even better and…Read more
With today’s mandate of building tighter, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes, builders are constantly looking for durable and energy-efficient materials for the construction of their new building projects.The combination of these rising energy requirements and fuel costs mean that they need to make the most of the latest advances in building technology.With the continuous…Read more
The latest home-building technology is finally putting a major dent in the high cost of heating and cooling. If you are in the market to build the most energy efficient new home possible, experts recommend you should consider the many benefits of concrete. Concrete houses made using the latest advanced system of pre-fabricated, interlocking insulated…Read more
Building with comfort in mind? What’s the best choice of materials if you want to build a well-insulated, quiet home or building? Perhaps you’re building for the hospitality industry. Maybe you’re approaching retirement and want to build a quiet retreat for yourself. Whether you’re a builder, a homeowner or an architect, comfort is an important…Read more
This presentation was presented by Harvey Schellenberg of HP Builders. It compares the complexity, labor, materials, time, and cost of two identical buildings built at the same time on the same lot.
This presentation was presented by Jill Lewis Smith, AIA, NCARB and prepared by Civic Consultants Inc. for the 2017 ICF Summit at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, NV. This presentation discussed the role of materials in mid-rise multi-family construction.
This guide has been compiled by the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) which is a membership organization of ICF manufacturers and other stakeholders in concrete construction. The information presented herein has been collected from a cross-section of industry professionals who are dedicated to the construction of high-performance buildings that employ insulating concrete form (ICF)…Read more
An NRMCA Build With Strength Concrete Design Center Project The NRMCA Build With Strength Concrete Design Center provides information, expertise and resources for commercial mid-rise projects. Connecting architects, engineers, and material experts to create structures that are strong, resilient, extremely energy efficient and cost effective to construct.