Energy Efficient Construction

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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One of the most important factors of energy efficient construction is having the proper materials for the job. Though materials concerns vary widely across the country, a few general rules apply. Primarily important is the idea that having insulation is much more energy efficient than not having insulation, or having improper insulation.

While this concept can seem obvious, there remain a tremendous number of homes that lose money through inefficient construction every year. Depending on the home, 50 to 70 percent of utilities bills can go towards heating and cooling a space. If all of these homes were properly insulated or used energy efficient construction materials, costs could be drastically reduced.

Energy Efficient Construction With Concrete

One type of energy efficient construction material that seems to be gaining popularity is insulated concrete. Insulated concrete is made by using high-density Styrofoam forms for the concrete in both above-grade and below-grade walls. The Styrofoam is permanent, lending its insulating qualities to the concrete both during and after pouring.

Insulated concrete has other attractive abilities, too. It is amazingly stable, and often able to withstand hurricane-force winds and even earthquakes. It also has noise-abatement qualities, and some brands of ICFs have high (three hour) fire ratings, as well.


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Energy Efficient Construction

When buyers are researching for a new home they should be looking at homebuilders that are offering new insulating techniques or methods. A few prominent new homebuilders are now providing insulation in the roof at the deck, instead of the traditional insulation at the ceiling. illuminating attic venting and creating a conditioned air space in the attic. Some homebuilders are offering polyurethane foam in the walls and attic, which is the best product for insulating a home. It creates a total vapor for new homes. Not to mention it's excellent insulating properties, R-5-7 per inch.
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