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Major Changes
Coming to New Home
Building Methods

Effingham homE BuildErs
Board mEmBErs

AcrossAmerica, home builders are adopting new approaches to construction
to create greener homes with better resale value. One major change that’s
tackling energy consumption and rising fuel costs is the use of an airtight,
solid concrete system to replace inefficient wood framing. Insulated concrete
forms (ICFs) erect a building with an interlocking system, similar to Lego.

“It’s a switch for builders, but those who have switched over tell us it’s quite
easy to build with ICFs”, says Natalie Rodgers of Nudura, a leading name in
the field. “Customer demand has driven this change and builders are now
seeing how green construction options can have a positive impact on their
The ICF system is now the number one choice of wall-building methods
for “net-zero” construction in the country. The term net-zero applies to
buildings that are energy efficient and don’t tap into any public utility fuel
supplies. The goal is for as many homes, schools and public buildings
as possible to be designed to be net-zero. Here are some advantages of
net-zero construction using ICF.
Building Guide: Underscoring these proactive measures, the nonprofit
organization LEED also reminds us that constructing a green home leaves
a much smaller carbon footprint due to less demand on natural resources.
Such homes will create less waste and be healthier and more comfortable
for the occupants.
Fuel Savings: Walls built with ICFs are proven to reduce energy bills up
to 60 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce or eliminate
exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost over time
is comparable to owning a conventional home and the resale return is
generally assured.

Shane Frederking of
Frederking Construction Co.

Tammy Wente of
Effingham Homes

(618) 483-5125

(217) 347-5868

Marty Stock of
Home Builders Plus

Pat Gebben of
Merz Heating & A/C

Past President

(217) 342-2323

John Vogt of
West & Co. Accounting


Durability: Concrete is strong. Due to high-impact resistance, these
concrete walls assure maximum safety in high wind areas. Fire resistance
is also reported to be maximized at four hours.
Comfort: Unlike in conventional wooded frames, air gaps are eliminated
in ICF, minimizing the potential for mold growth and draft. The end result
is an airtight structure that enables the mechanical systems to heat, cool
and ventilate the structure more efficiently, creating a healthier living and
working environment.
Responsibility: The materials are recyclable and the system is designed
to create less landfill waste during the construction process. Combined
with other eco-construction methods, this concrete system will significantly
reduce carbon emissions by lowering the amount of fossil fuels needed for
heating and cooling.

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