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Construction Materials

We can design for any of the materials listed below. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. However, for many reasons (which we will be happy to discuss with you), we urge your consideration of materials which are not readily flammable and which have good energy conserving properties. Especially for our U.S. customers, this means looking at the alternatives to wood frame construction.


Wood Frame; easy to build with in U.S., good earthquake resistance, poor storm resistance, flammable


Steel Frame; good earthquake resistance, higher cost including fire protection coating, rapid construction.


Reinforced Concrete; strongest resistance to storms, higher cost and time to build. Non-flammable.


Hybrid Cement Panels (mixed with eps beads); fast build time, big energy savings, few builders know how to use, Cost comparable to wood frame, Nonflammable


Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF); fast construction, good energy savings, few builders know how to use, Non-flammable if used correctly.


Structural Insulated Panels (SIP); very fast construction, good energy savings, lower cost, requires ventilation system for home due to airtight construction.


Aerated Autoclaved Concrete (AAC); very light weight, good sounds and energy savings properties, fire resistant, fast construction, more expensive, not easy to find suppliers, few builders know how to use.


We will soon be adding links to suppliers of these materials. At this time, please ask us about these alternatives when we discuss your home design.



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