The European trend of low-cost, zero-energy home-building takes off for America’s largest philanthropic home builder.
Homes built with precast concrete foundation systems are popping up across the United States – an increase from 3 percent to more than 16 percent of all homes built over the past decade, according to the National Association of Home Builders. After years of mass production and popularity in Europe, Americans are catching on to the structural and energy-efficient design of insulated precast concrete sandwich walls, otherwise known as thermal mass walls. Benefits include resistance to termites, fire and wind – and as a bonus, the homes go up in the blink of an eye. And from what current energy costs have taught American homeowners, keeping home-sweet-home comfortable these days can cost a bundle. Read More »