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Life Cycle Construction

There are a multitude of ways to measure how sustainable, energy, efficient, healthy or “green” any given building system or element is, with many manufacturers making great claims as to how their products are rated, with a variety of rating tools like green star, energy star etc (Eco Block has an 8 Star Energy Rating) to help you to work out how to achieve the very best results environmentally. A Life Cycle Assessment was undertaken by Portland Cement Association comparing an ICF House with a Timber Frame House, the results are fantastic. View Results

When we talk about Green Building the real questions that need to be asked are:
 

Is it environmentally safe to manufacture? Yes
Is it safe to build with? Yes
Is much waste generated when building with it? No
Are there limits to design scope with ECO Block? No
Is it simple and efficient to build with? Yes
Is it expensive to maintain? No
Is there a payback for using this product over its lifetime? Yes
Can you build safe comfortable healthy homes with it? Yes
Is it expensive to live in and maintain? No
Are ECO Block Homes affordable Yes
Will my ECO Block home survive severe weather conditions Yes
Do ECO Block buildings last significantly longer than traditional homes Yes


ECO Block buildings have a Life Cycle of 150+yrs, with environmental impact easily being offset by very high structural and thermal performance reflected is a 25%+ reduction in energy savings. The sealed envelope also provides high moisture resistance.

The total cost to maintain a building structurally and keep it temperate as a healthy living environment is significantly lower compared to traditionally constructed timber homes which have a Life Cycle of approx 80 yrs.

Environmental Facts

● High Thermal Values Reduce energy costs
● Uses recycled materials whenever possible
● Uses no CFCs or HCFCs & Emits no fumes or gasses
● 8 Energy Star Home rating
● Has a lifecycle of over 150 years
● Improves indoor air quality (IAQ)
● Reduces mold problem
● Minimizes construction wastes to three percent or less


Reduction in Energy Costs

ECO-Block buildings consistently reduce monthly utility costs over the life of the structure. In turn, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be sized appropriately to reap even more savings.

Manufacturing & Recycling

From the initial manufacturing of ICF product to the construction site to finished structure, ECO-Block has designed its system and process to be kind to the environment. In addition to manufacturing under environmentally clean conditions, ECO-Block forms are 50 percent more efficient to ship and handle than other ICFs.

ECO-Block ICFs reduce the pressure on precious natural resources by replacing timber used in frame construction, with an environmentally clean product. No CFCs, HCFCs or other ozone-depleting substances are used or released during any process. Manufacturing waste is negligible and construction waste is also minimal.

Optimal Interior Environment

Building with ECO-Block eliminates air infiltration through the wall assembly into a structure, which allows for greater control of a building’s interior air quality. There are no drafts or cold spots, thus greatly reducing the amount of fuel needed for heating and cooling.

Additionally, walls constructed with ECO-Block Insulated Concrete Forms dramatically reduce outside noise pollution. The result is a quiet and peaceful living environment.

Mold and Moisture-Resistant

The ECO-Block Insulated Concrete Walls provide a building envelop that is both airtight and resistant to water infiltration. The inorganic nature of the ECO-Block ICFs means they do not support mold growth ensuring a superior indoor air quality free from unwanted allergens, pollutants and mold.

Termites

Provide no threat to ECO Block walls, there is also no nutritional value in the continuous concrete core or moisture retained in the high density EPS. Termite Barriers can be installed to protect internal timber walls at a relatively low cost and are required for slab protection in some Australian states. Please check your local building codes for these requirements

Strength/Longevity

Continuous Steel Reinforced walls are the strongest wall used in construction today, concrete has been used in construction for 1000’s of years. Many buildings constructed over 1000 years ago remain standing. ECO Block walls have a proven history of maintaining structural integrity in real Cyclone, Flood and Fire conditions and have consistently outperformed steel and timber as a wall solution in independent lab tests.

Reduced Labour Cost

ECO Block is a simple three element system that provides, structure, insulation and easy fixing for interior and exterior cladding all in one process and is low tech and easy to build with. It is not uncommon for a well managed crew to complete of the walls on an average sized home within 10 days.

 

Watch this Video to learn about the Green Benefits of Extended Poly Styrene (EPS)

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