per Portland Cement Association Technology Briefs
Sustainable or "green" building practices promote the construction of buildings that are healthier for the occupants and healthier for the environment. They improve Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) while reducing the negative impacts that building construction, operation, maintenance, and disposal have on both people and nature. Owners and occupants of Quad-Lock ICF buildings consistently praise their living comfort, noise reduction, energy efficiency, and resilience/insurance discounts. See Concrete Home Benefits video.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Center for Sustainable Development, buildings consume 40-50% of the world's total energy, 25% of its wood harvest and 16% of its water. The building industry is the nation's largest manufacturing activity, representing more than 50% of the nation's wealth.
A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) promotes Green Building for the Biggest, Easiest Cuts in CO2 Emissions. Energy-saving technologies applied in buildings can result in enormous reductions in demand for fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases, with long-term net income (not cost) for the upgrade!
Insulated Concrete Forms are one key technology because they provide an ultra-efficient, high mass, high strength, and extremely durable building shell that keeps occupants healthy and comfortable. Their Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation also has much lower environmental impacts than many other insulation materials.
In addition, insurance incentives for resilient buildings reward owners for reducing the risks, often with astounding savings over traditional construction.
Learn more about lower Total Cost of Ownership and financial incentives for energy-efficient & resilient buildings. Some of the standards that are easy to meet with Insulated Concrete building shells:
Sustainable Building Info:
Five Steps to Zero Energy
ICF Energy Science
Superinsulated Building Shell
Green Roof Research
Reuse & Recycle Tips
Links to other websites:
Passive Solar Building Design
Green Hotels with ICF
EPS and the Environment
Concrete CO2 Fact Sheet