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07 Sep 2018

How PolycreteUSA is Responding to Fewer Workers

Current US construction activity is ahead of peak 2007 levels and we’re doing it with half a million fewer workers. Everyone in the construction business knows there’s a labor and skills shortage, and that shortfall is driving the trend in offsite construction. It just makes sense that the more you

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26 Apr 2018

Contract Awarded for Tallest ICF High Rise in U.S.

A 16-story mixed-use development near New York City will set a new benchmark for the construction industry. The innovative project will be the most energy-efficient large-scale buildings in Westchester County, New York. It is projected to be the tallest building to be built in the United States with Insulated Concrete

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25 Feb 2018

Concrete Home from Footers to Finishings

As these homeowners learned how versatile concrete is, they kept wanting more. By Vanessa Salvia Photos courtesy of Paul Behrens For Indiana homebuilder Jon Bell, one recent job ended up being much more than he expected it to be. Bell originally was hired just to pour flooring, but as the

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18 Feb 2018

Raising the Bar in Canada

New Brunswick, Canada’s first net zero ICF home By Vanessa Salvia Photos by Teri-Anne Cormier As a homeowner, would you rather pay $80 per month for heating and cooling costs or $500? Brad McLaughlin, general manager of MCL Construction Ltd. in the Quispamsis area of New Brunswick, Canada, bets that

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29 Nov 2017

Basha Kill Acres Home in New York State

Small but sustainable family home built with ICF. By Vanessa Salvia Troy Hodas, a husband, father and builder, is a HERS rater and Certified Passive House Consultant in Wurtsboro, New York.. Most of his work is Energy Star related. “I sit down with the builder and discuss program requirements for

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28 Nov 2017

FLASH Introduces New Resilient Design Guide to Improve Home and Community Resilience

By Donn Thompson and Jamie Farny   An increasing number of U.S. households are located in areas that are affected by flooding and high winds. Based on the findings of the 2010 U.S. census, more than half of our population now resides in coastal counties. There is a tangible benefit

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29 Oct 2017

Shelving Rock – Multi-generational highly efficient living made possible through ICFs

By Vanessa Salvia When the complexity and craftsmanship, architecture, sustainability and other factors in the judging rubric were all sorted out, there was a clear winner in the 2017 ICF Builder Awards for the large residential category. The home known as Shelving Rock, in Glenville, New York, won Large Residential

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