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How to build an eco-friendly home

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Whether you're passionate about saving the environment, want to save on energy bills and repairs, or simply need to move into your new place quickly, an eco-friendly home is the right choice for you. Fortunately, building your home guided by eco-responsibility is now easier than ever, as improved practices in the construction industry reflect the greening of building codes across America.
This proactivity is highlighted by advancements in window daylighting, insulation, air infiltration, and new wall-building materials. More than just the satisfaction of knowing you're doing your part for the earth and generations to come, incorporating green design has tangible benefits, too. Choosing methods and materials that go above and beyond the minimums of building codes offer additional advantages. If you want to reduce your energy consumption, conserve more and increase your property value, be sure to choose a builder who has a demonstrable record in eco-responsibility.
"A huge step forward is to replace the traditional wood framing of your house with what we call ICFs - insulated concrete forms," says Keven Rector at Nudura, a leading name in this technology. "If, for instance, you build the envelope of your house with concrete instead of wood, the energy required to heat and cool it will be significantly reduced, a plus for the environment, and along with reduced energy bills, a plus for you."
By replacing traditional wood framing with this insulated concrete system, you'll also enjoy lower energy bills, a sound barrier against outside noise, and a home that's less prone to drafts, cold spots, and mold. Your home will be safer, as ICF construction is fire-resistant and able to withstand hurricane winds up to 250 miles per hour.
"Builders receive workplace benefits, too," Rector notes. "ICF construction assures the adherence to American building codes, it takes up less shipping space, requires less manpower at the site, and the assembly is faster than wood framing. Time-strapped builders and eager homeowners benefit equally from this efficiency."
If you want your builder to use ICFs, be sure to discuss it early in the plans. Find more information online at