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2008-08-01 17:32:02
Sustainable Concrete Solutions Contribute to LEED for Homes Certification: Part II

In Part II we focus on the additional solutions concrete home-building systems can have in helping project earn points under the remaining applicable LEED-H categories.
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2008-01-28 17:51:45
The Beauchamp Redefines Concrete Luxury

Details of an award-winning California home showcase the luxurious options of ICF building.


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2008-01-28 17:56:03
Tech Talk: Concrete Homes: Selections for Conditioning

Part VI:  This six-part series focuses on details of today’s concrete homes. Over the past two years, this column has provided considerable information on the general benefits of concrete homes, the various methods used for construction and the performance characteristics. These articles provide focus on the decisions, details and results that can affect the quality achieved in the above-grade concrete home industry delivered by removable concrete forms (RCFs). Since strongly entering the market nearly a decade ago, this method of construction offers an ever-expanding variety of architectural and practical construction solutions for today’s homeowner and designer. This final article in the series summarizes the key areas of conditioning for the home that require considerable thought and follow-through to assure effective and efficient operation. 

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2008-02-01 09:27:51
The Cutting Edge

A Michigan home goes as green as it can thanks to the latest technologies
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2008-02-01 09:31:58
Cast for the Future

A New York-based architect brings his vision of cast-in-place design to rural and urban landscapes across the world.


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2008-04-03 11:43:53
Concrete Homes: CFA Certified Cast-In-Place Foundation Contractor Program

Part I: Beginning in the summer of 2008, the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) will unveil a new industry program to certify foundation contractor firms in the residential cast-in-place industry.
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2008-04-03 11:48:46
The New American Home Celebrates 25 Years

The official showcase home of the International Builders’ Show celebrates its silver anniversary on the shores of Orlando’s Lake Nona—and becomes the first show home built and certified to the NAHB National Green Building Program’s scoring tool.
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2008-04-03 11:53:29
Growing a Green Oregon

The 2007 winner of the ICFA’s Large and Grand Residential Award
is an indication of Oregon’s exemplary green building movement.
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2008-04-03 11:56:34
Waking Up the Neighbors

A Southern California family uses tilt-up concrete to
construct a TCA Achievement Award-winning custom home.
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2008-04-15 12:53:37
Ask the Expert

Welcome to "Ask the Expert." Below is a list of manufacturers of Insulating Concrete Forms, Concrete Building Systems, Decorative Concrete Products and more. These companies are ready to answer your questions, whether it’s a technical question or a simply a request for more information. So feel free to “Ask the Expert” right now
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2008-06-09 13:09:44
Tech Talk: CFA Certified Cast-In-Place Foundation Contractor Program

Part II: Beginning in the summer of 2008, the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) will unveil a new industry program to certify foundation contractor firms in the residential cast-in-place industry. This article in the six-part series provides greater depth to the knowledge component of the program. Preparing for the evaluation of basic levels of technical understanding and understanding the required levels of continuing education is the first step that companies face as they enter the process to become certified. The goal of this certification is to unify the industry toward the goal of a common measurement of competency for concrete foundations and the companies that install them.
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2008-06-09 13:14:36
CFA Basement of the Year

For the past several years, contractor members of the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) have entered their extremely challenging residential foundations into CFA’s “Basement of the Year” competition. This program has matured into one that highlights the most challenging concrete work produced by these contractors, no matter the specific market. The projects range in size from complicated starter homes to the largest of mansions. They also now include above grade all-concrete home challenges and a variety of cast-in-place commercial construction—any project built with removable forms.
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2008-06-09 13:24:47
Sustainable Concrete Solutions Contribute to LEED for Homes Certification: Part I

Residential architects and builders have the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) based sustainable construction program for housing, now that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has finalized LEED for Homes. Finally, a road map exists for the systematic creation of high-performance housing, built upon the criteria of previous LEED rating systems for commercial projects, but focused on innovations and best practices for the sustainable residential marketplace.
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2008-06-09 13:27:00
Waterproofing: Foundation Waterproofing

A waterproof foundation adds value to a home without significantly increasing the home’s building costs. Many people today are transforming their basements into additional living quarters, and in many cases fancy home entertainment centers. It only makes sense to ensure the foundation against water intrusion with a high-performance waterproofing system. It is frustrating to visit a jobsite and see a $500,000 home with only a $200 dampproofing application on the exterior wall.
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2008-08-01 17:34:56
Tech Talk: CFA Certified Cast-In-Place Foundation Contractor Program

Part III: Beginning in the summer of 2008, the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) will unveil a new industry program to certify foundation contractor firms in the residential cast-in-place industry.
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2008-08-01 17:37:47
A Foundation as Solid as a ROCK

Many twists and turns in the two-year planning process engulfed Terry and Lawanda Fricks as they mulled ideas for their new home in the affluent Fort Worth suburb of Westover Hills.
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2008-08-01 17:46:24
Rafiki Village

Rafiki home office uses ICFs to mirror African villages
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2008-09-29 10:23:28
Concrete Makes it Easier For Builders to Meet the California Green Building Standards Code

The State of California is again pursuing improvements in environmental policy, this time directly impacting all types of new construction within the state. New green building provisions, titled the “California Green Building Standards Code” (CGBC), are intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and conserve water in all structures. Concrete homebuilding systems offer unsurpassed energy efficiency, reduced air infiltration, and recycled content benefits, which will enable these technologies to provide an attractive means of meeting the residential provisions of the new California code.
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2008-09-29 10:27:53
Efficient, Sturdy, and Purdy Too

Madera’s concrete homes make the grade on green, cost-effective construction practices
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2008-09-29 10:44:57
Cool, Quiet, and Green

Greenblock’s insulating concrete form wall systems are exceeding expectations at Rafiki Village Complex
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2008-09-29 10:49:08
Tech Talk: Concrete Homes: CFA Certified Cast-In-Place Foundation Contractor Program

Part IV: The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) unveiled a new industry program at its annual convention this summer for the certification of foundation contractor firms in the residential cast-in-place industry. The previous articles in this six-part series provided a program overview and greater depth regarding the knowledge and business components of the program. This segment will discuss one of the more critical components of the program, that of company safety programs and the reasons the requirements were included in the program.  The CFA stresses that this is a company certification, not an individual certification. While a given number of company employees or owners must have a certain level of education and continuing education, that requirement only leads to a well-rounded company with knowledgeable employees. The CFA company certification program is intended to ensure that companies approved for this designation are not only good foundation contractors, but are also sound businesses.
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2008-12-15 16:40:44
PCA Insights

Work is now complete on the 2009 New American Home (TNAH), the official show home of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
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2008-12-15 16:43:04
Tech Talk: Concrete Homes: CFA Certified Cast-In-Place Foundation Contractor Program

Part V: The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) unveiled a new industry program at its annual convention this summer for the certification of foundation contractor firms in the residential cast-in-place industry. This final article will discuss the issues that make this program reputable and that is the administration and validation of the companies seeking certification.
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2008-12-15 16:45:34
Like Rhyme, Assonance, Alliteration, and Consonance

Building a concrete home hits the right phrases for Pennsylvania poet
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