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Why Building with Concrete Is Good for the Environment
The exploding interest in "green," or environmentally friendly, building products and practices has accelerated the demand for sustainable home construction. By the end of 2007, more than half of the members of the National Association of Home Builders, who build more than 80% percent of the homes in this country, will be incorporating green practices into the design and construction of new homes.
Green building involves designing and building a home-on the inside and out-to maximize performance and conserve resources. A green home consumes less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants-all qualities that are easily achieved by using concrete and ICFs.
LEED for Homes-a new voluntary system for rating the environmental performance of a home-will allow builders to earn points for constructing homes in ways that reduce the negative impact on the environment.
The NAHB ResearchCenter is also creating a set of model green home building guidelines for mainstream home builders. Under LEED, ICF construction can score points in several areas:
- ICFs optimize energy performance.
- Concrete conserves natural resources, uses recycled materials and is manufactured locally.
- ICFs minimize waste and can be reused as insulation fill on the jobsite or recycled.
- ICFs improve indoor environmental quality by minimizing exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.
- Concrete builds durable structures.
For more information, see A National Certification Program for Green Homes.
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