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.
easy to build with in U.S., good earthquake
resistance, poor storm resistance, flammable
good earthquake resistance, higher cost
including fire protection coating, rapid construction.
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.
Panels (SIP); very fast construction,
good energy savings, lower cost, requires ventilation system for home due to
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.