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Habitat for Humanity Northern Utah

Habitat for Humanity No. Utah Builds 1st ICF Home

Habitat for Humanity Northern Utah, Utah , Geneva Rock, Altaview Concrete, Jack B. Parson , ICF Manufacturers Association, American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA), and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, are all working together to deliver a sustainable and resilient concrete home for a ...

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Why Massachusetts Should Build With Safe Building Materials

In this episode, Gregg sits down with Senator Paul Feeney & Representative Dan Donahue of the Massachusetts State Legislature. They discussed H.2449 and S.1589 — An Act Relative to Safe Building Materials which would strengthen the building code & promote the use of non-combustible materials...

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Habitat for Humanity Is Building Homes with Concrete ICFs

Why Habitat for Humanity Is Using Concrete

Habitat for Humanity Is building homes with concrete ICFs to construct resilient, affordable, and sustainable housing across the United States. Concrete homes are durable and resilient in regions impacted by severe weather events....

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Why Concrete’s Future Looks Green

Concrete Credentials presents a conversation with Jamie Gentoso, CEO-- US Cement at LafargeHolcim and NRMCA Executive Vice President Gregg Lewis, AIA, LEED AP on how the concrete industry is working towards a greener future....

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Figure 3: Hours to Reach Equilibrium

Lab Notes: Thermal Performance of ICF Walls

ICF structures require less overall energy to heat or cool, and the longer time required to reach steady state “flattens the temperature curve” delivering safety, comfort and less cost to the end user....

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Concrete Military Listening Devices Inspire Concrete Lamps

Concrete “listening ears” were replaced by radar, but they left an impact on designers. Matali Crasset, the artistic director of French concrete specialist Concrete by LCDA, has created a collection of concrete furniture, including a lamp shaped like the military listening devices. ...

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Multifamily Owner Opens One of Maryland’s Safest Mixed-Use Buildings

Built with ICFs, this complex is certified with the National Green Building Standard with the Emerald certification and is considered 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 “𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒆𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒕” in Stevensville, Maryland....

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ICF Home

Inspired by an episode of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

We recently stumbled upon the website “Trees Full of Money” and their outstanding article on ICF construction inspired by an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. This is a great article to share with contacts who have questions re ICF, as they describe the product, process & benefits. ...

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Urban Heat Islands: UHI

Urban Heat Islands: UHI. We know the definition.

Urban Heat Islands: UHI is when a city experiences much warmer temperatures than nearby rural areas. We know the cause is the different surfaces in each environment and how much heat they absorb and hold. One might assume that concrete is the cause. In fact, it can be a solution....

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You Had Me at Concrete

A big thank you to everyone who came out for the Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) training in Salt Lake City last week! 150 contractors and other professionals involved in the construction industry signed up and 140 showed up! Fortunately, everyone was gracious when we ran out of seats and it became ...

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Zero-Energy Schools Make the Grade

High-performance ICF envelopes and lower renewable energy costs make energy efficient schools. ICF systems construction is faster, easier and less labor intensive than other methods, offsetting solar panel costs. "The most cost-effective way to save energy is not to need it!"...

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Concrete home withstands Hurricane Michael

The New York Times published...aerial images showing a mile-long stretch of Mexico Beach where at least three-quarters of the buildings were damaged, but Dr. Lackey saw his [concrete home] still standing, majestic amid the apocalyptic wreckage, the last surviving beachfront house on his block....

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Man turning a carbon dioxyde knob to reduce emissions. CO2 reduction or removal concept. Composite image between a hand photography and a 3D background.

Building With Concrete Is Good Science

Buildings both contribute to and are vulnerable to climate change. In the U.S., the heating, cooling, and operation of buildings and homes account for more than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions each year—more emissions than are produced by either transportation or industry....

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Building in fire at the night burning fire flame with smoke on the apartment house roof.

Dangers Shown in Recent SLC Apartment Fires

In a typical year, fire departments are called to more than 1.7 million fires, one every 18 seconds. Over 80,000 are in apartments, 2,000 in hotels and motels, and 740 in dormitories. These structure fires cause more than $9 billion in property damage each year, about half in residential properties....

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Clearcut Logging In Pacific Northwest. A debris pile is in the foreground and a log loader in the background.

The Timber Industry is a Major Polluter

A new study by researchers based at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho corroborates Center for Sustainable Economy’s 2015 and 2017 research demonstrating that logging is by far the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and that changes in greenhouse gas accounting...

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