Article No: 247

2008-12-15 16:40:44
PCA Insights

New American Home Construction Complete
Work is now complete on the 2009 New American Home (TNAH), the official show home of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For the 6th consecutive year, concrete products played an important role in the construction of TNAH. The exterior walls of the home, including the walk-out basement, were built with energy-efficient insulating concrete forms (ICFs), provided by ARXX Building Products. An area of the garage will feature polished concrete, while the exterior landscaping utilizes retaining walls and the Maduro stone line of concrete pavers from Bradstone, an Aggregate Industries company. The exterior finish will be a combination of stucco and manufactured stone. Blue Heron, Inc. is applying for the highest level of “Emerald” status under the newly established NAHB Green Building Standard.

The home was constructed by prestigious Las Vegas-based builder and developer Blue Heron, Inc. The architectural design was done by Danielan Associates and interior design by Robb & Stucky. The 4-level house is located near McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, about 15 minutes from the Convention Center. TNAH will initially be open during the 2009 International Builders Show, Jan. 20-23, and is expected to remain open for some time as a model residence for Blue Heron’s 14-lot development.

For more information on the home, visit

ICFA Forms its Future in Portland

The Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA), held its annual Expo and Meeting in Portland, Oregon Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. More than 350 attendees had an opportunity to visit with ICF manufacturers and product vendors and attend educational sessions. The organization also presented its 2008 ICFA Excellence Awards, Contractor of the Year Award, and the “Richie Scott” award for contribution to the ICF industry.

In addition to participating in Board and Committee meetings, PCA residential staff contributed presentations to the group. Donn Thompson provided an update on PCA’s new ANSI wall standard, and was a co-presenter for a session on rightsizing HVAC systems. Jim Niehoff gave a summary of the results of the 2007 PCA Home Builder Survey, and Mike Collignon presented an overview of PCA’s Concrete Homes, DIY Ad Zone, and Concrete Thinker Web sites to assist ICF professionals. 

For more information on the ICFA, visit

CCI Conference Brings Together Hundreds
of Top Concrete Industry Players

The Concrete Countertop Industry Conference (CCIC), held Aug. 21-23, 2008, at the Sacramento Convention Center in California, brought together hundreds for the industry’s networking and educational event of the year. CCIC converged sponsors, well-known innovators, and key leaders of the concrete countertop industry throughout the United States and Canada, and numerous exhibitors to share invaluable information, technical guidance, product demos and support to anyone who is, or wants to be, a concrete countertop professional.

The fourth annual Concrete Countertop Industry Conference is planned for Feb. 19-21, 2009 in conjunction with the Surface Fabrication and Design Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

For more information about the 2009 Concrete Countertop Industry Conference, as well as photos of the 2008 event, visit or call (866) 844-0999.

Innovative Green Home Wins Multiple Homearama Awards
The Tidewater Builders Association drew over 100,000 people for Homearama 2008 in Virginia Beach’s Ashville Park subdivision on Oct. 3-19. The annual showcase featured seven homes with the latest innovations in design, products, architectural features, and landscaping.

The home constructed by Miller Custom Homes of Virginia Beach was the winner of multiple awards in this year’s event. The home received the Excellence in Building Award, Most Environmentally Sensitive, Best Green Feature, and Best Usage of Concrete. The Earthcraft certified green house, built of brick veneer over Polysteel insulating concrete forms, features green products such as solar panels that sell electricity back to the power company, greywater recycling system, geothermal HVAC, whole-house backup generator, conditioned crawl space and attic, simulated slate 50-year recycled rubber shingles, and tankless water heaters. Builder Chuck Miller guarantees a $115-a-month utility bill for this 6,571-square-foot home with five bedrooms and six baths.

While the Homearama 2008 was smaller than in past years due to the economy, the opportunity was greater for building awareness of the benefits of concrete products. A builder attending the event stated that with the public interest in “Green Building” and energy conservation, concrete is the product to use in today’s market.