Although ICF buildings are renowned for their energy-conservation properties and their quiet interiors, another important benefit of ICF structures is their security and integrity during natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornados. However, there has been little evaluation of ICF under man-made disasters such as terrorist acts. This program was to demonstrate the blast-mitigation potential of ICF systems. Full story in PDF Format (326K)
'Real Home Cost' by C. B. Farnsworth
Trying to sell energy efficiency? Paul Huddy of Tucson, AZ based Solar Institute says the initial costs - price plus financing over 30 years - are only one-third of the homeownership cost pie. (Sticker price is a mere sliver at 11 percent of ownership.) The second third is operating costs (including utilities) and the last third, home maintenance and repair. Thus, a sticker price of $160,000 equals 30-year ownership costs of $1,440,000! But pony up $200,000 to buy a more energy-efficient house and operating and maintenance costs tumble by 75 percent. that brings the 30-year cost down to $840,000 - a savings of $600,000.
Article from the Dallas Morning News:
Frisco Code Sets a New Standard for Efficiency: City is First to Make Builders Follow EPA Program
Article from the January 2002 issue of *Energy Design Update*
"Demystifying the Use of Vapor Barriers"
by John Straube
"The most common building science question I get from home builders, engineers, code officials, and architects is, "Do I need a vapor barrier?...." (con't)
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'Building Energy-Wise Homes with ICF's' by Anne Balough, ConcreteNetwork.com Feature Writer
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