Saving Energy = Saving Money for Concrete Show Home|
Each year The New American Home® (TNAH) demonstrates that superior housing performance can be built into any house, anywhere, at any price range. And each year for the past five, concrete wall systems have provided the energy-efficient building envelope for this high-performing official Show Home of the National Association of Home Builders.
This year’s home, which debuted in January at the International Builders' Show® in Las Vegas, again showcased the exceptional savings concrete systems provide homebuilders and homeowners. The exterior structural walls and basement foundation walls were built with insulating concrete forms (ICFs).
In addition to the high R-value derived from the insulation, the thermal mass of the concrete walls helps the home achieve its high level of energy efficiency (60-70 percent less for heating and cooling than conventional construction). Since the home is located just minutes from the airport, it takes full advantage of the excellent soundproofing qualities of concrete.
The home is applying for Emerald status under the newly established NAHB Green Building Standard. Read the case study.
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