With so many different kinds of building materials & house components accessible today, how could you ever know which is the “best” for your new home? The answer derives from learning what you can anticipate from each of the building materials, and deciding what materials fit into your project budget.
Let’s have a look at a few of the best energy-efficient building materials on the market at this time.
Insulated Concrete Panels
Insulated Concrete Panels (ICP) are by far one of the most energy efficient & durable new building materials available on the market. The concrete itself is very strong, however it doesn’t insulate very well. This issue is easily overcome by combining panels of polyurethane or polystyrene insulation that are 4 to 6 inches thick & then pouring concrete on both sides. With ICP the concrete gives the strength you need and the dense insulating panels ensure the energy efficiency you want.
Structural Insulated Panels
Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) are generally polystyrene insulation sandwiched between heavy duty plywood. Together they have excellent R-value & are outstanding compared to most materials for insulation. Building a home with this material is extremely fast. Companies who develop this stuff argue that it’ll stand up to the most severe winds & weather conditions better then traditional materials.
Vacuum Insulation Panel
In only a one inch panel, a vacuum insulation panel (VIP) gives more then 7 times the insulating protection of traditional materials. VIP consists of a textured silver rectangle which holds a core panel suspended in an airtight envelope. These panels can be made in different sizes however, they are currently only accessible for industrial commercial refrigeration & specialized container systems.
Ferro Cement Over Pumice Block
Utilized mostly in overseas countries, this building technique is the best of both worlds. It hasn’t been really simple to get this past United States building codes, but it is stronger than any other home building material & also fertile ground for the ultimate customizations at unbelievably low prices. With this home building material, it’s possible to make really unique homes with wonderful curves & wild shapes. Did we mention on average it only costs around $25 a square foot?!
Traditional Framing & Closed Cell Insulation
It’s true that when it comes to insulation and durability, two by six studs & closed cell insulation rank extremely high on their R-values. Their longevity is also good if effectively installed & kept dry. Two by four studs are less durable & don’t allow room for sufficient insulation so we recommend using two by six inch studs.
Building Your New Home
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