Rob Tornado season started early this year. A string of devastating storms ripped across the Midwest in early February, leaving more than fifty dead. Such destruction is all too common, yet it is something some homebuilders believe could be avoided with sturdier construction. As our Hannah Wright explains, concrete homes could be the wave of the future. Hannah Wright While the materials may be light as a feather, once they’re put together, they’re hard as a rock. Richard Oglesby is the general manager of Oklahoma Insulated Concrete Forms, a new company that is trying to change the way we build homes in the state.
Oglesby Basically, they are a onebyfour block, and they are one foot wide. You stack them up like legos, and you put rebar inside for reinforcement, and you fill them with concrete, and you have a strong, sturdy concrete outside structure, outside wall of your home. Hannah They may look like a child’s toy, but there is nothing elementary about the benefits. Oglesby Homeowners just love it, especially a lot of the wives. The men of course, they love the structure. You’re in a concrete fortress, almost. They love the energy bills, because their heating and cooling costs go way down.
They love their tax savings from the Energy Efficiency Act of 2005. They love their insurance savings because you have a fire resistant home it gets the same rating as a commercial building. Wives love it, or mothers love it because it’s a quiet home. Hannah And builders can benefit from insulated concrete forms, as well. Duane Holloway is territory manager of Greenblock Worldwide, a company that has been manufacturing ICF for more than 40 years. Duane Holloway You can do this much faster than you can a conventional method, because you’re cutting out some of the processes that.
Homes That Withstand Tornadoes
You have to do they’re just a little different. Hannah As times change, so has the building industry. Tulsa Technology Center is now teaching ICF building in their courses. Oglesby The students are being trained with the curriculum that Oklahoma ICF is providing to the technology centers. So, they’re learning here then they’re taken to the outside world. Now we’ll have trained crews. Now we can bring down the cost. Now we have people that understand that we can whip these homes together a lot faster and move forward. And our goal is to.
Drive down the cost so everybody can afford to live in an energyefficient, safe home. Hannah Howard Smith is the carpentry instructor for Tulsa Technology Center, and says by taking his course, students get handson experience with cutting edge technology. Howard Smith Getting the students out where they are trained in this field is so important. Because if we can get some contractors to start in with this, they’ll have a labor force that they can choose from by coming to Tulsa Tech and hiring our students. Because we are training them in the most innovative ways of today’s building.
Hannah And student Kyle Tribble says, building with ICF blocks is much easier than with conventional wood framing. Kyle Tribble Well, it takes a lot less tools. Pretty much, all you need really is a saw, maybe a hammer and some nails. But when you got real wood framing, you’ve got to use screwdrivers, nails, saws, table saws, pretty much everything in the shop. Hannah Learning the latest methods, and preparing tomorrows builders for the future. Tribble This will be everywhere. And I’m going to use it in my house when I grow up.