AT HOME with Concrete - 03/04/2009 (Plain Text Version)
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Poll Finds Rising Awareness of Concrete Systems
Durability, energy efficiency, low maintenance and mold resistance were listed by current home owners as the most important characteristics they would consider when buying a newly constructed home which, the association said, are all attributes of homes built with concrete wall systems.
“The awareness of concrete homes and their advantages is at an all-time high since we began surveying home owners more than a decade ago,” said Jim Niehoff, PCA’s director of low-rise building markets.
“With limited dollars and concerns about energy efficiency, weather resistance and indoor air quality," he said, “more and more home owners are considering concrete for their next new home.”
Of the home owners participating in the survey, 75% said that they were aware of concrete homes, although 76% of them live in wood-frame structures, followed by 16% who live in concrete block or masonry homes.
Only 54% of the survey respondents reported that they expected their next home to be built with a traditional wood frame, down from 63% in 2005, the most recent previous survey for this group. This was the first time that the percentage declined since polling was started in 1998.
PCA points out that concrete offers many advantages over wood-frame construction:
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