Asheville Builder and Energy Efficiencies, Green Building with ICF’s for foundations

Asheville Builder and Energy Efficiencies, Green Building with ICF’s for foundations

Listen to Sean share why ICF’s are so beneficial in energy efficiencies and green building. Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) is a system of formwork for concrete that stays in place as permanent building insulation for energy-efficient, cast-in-place, reinforced concrete walls, floors, and roofs.[1] The forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and filled with concrete.

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Why It Can Be More Expensive to Build In The Mountains

By Jim Jones  The Settings of Black Mountain DRB ChairBuilding in the mountains

A question that is asked of builders in our area very often is why it costs more to build in the mountains than “back at home”. There are a number of reasons for the higher costs and since the foundation of our new home is finished and framing has begun I can illustrate many of them. Our dream home was built by Living Stone Construction.

  1. Site work- Beautiful views drew many of us to the mountains but those postcard vistas usually are accompanied by a sloped site. The higher degree of slope the more technical and thus expensive it is to prepare the site for your home and driveway. Many times just getting the construction machinery and materials on to your property is an engineering exercise. Cutting the drive and clearing the site can take many times longer than on a flat lot. Trees, boulders, root mat and dirt often have to be picked up one bucket claw at a time and transferred to the street to be hauled away. Trees in the steepest area must be cut by hand and roped up to heavy equipment well above or below where the work is occurring. It takes highly skilled operators to avoid rolling that $300,000 trackhoe down the mountain!
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President Sean Sullivan “Understanding your Foundations”

Choosing the foundation for your mountain home requires paying attention to good counsel. Most people and even many builders have no idea how important these choices are for building in the mountains. In this video, Sean addresses the three key components to determine the best kind of foundation for your project. First, topography. Your topography should dictate what type of foundation system you should consider. Secondly, structure is the foundation system and could include cinder block. superior walls, poured walls or ICF’s (Insulated Concrete Form). Lastly, topography and structure of your lot will dictate how you are going to use the home. Some items to consider will be the driveway approach the location of the garage, whether your foundation will include a basement, crawl or slab.

 

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