HOUSE-N-HOME-BUILDING.COM NEWSLETTER #220
Insultated Concrete Forms
New House Building: Money Saving, Convenience and Healthy
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Saving Home Building Tips - Concrete Walls
Unless you are a new subscriber to our newsletter,
you know that one of the objective of this publication is to bring you
new, money saving ideas that can be used in your house building project.
The tip that is highlighted in this month's newsletter is a novel one.
Although I will provide you with some basic summary information, I have
contacted an engineer involved with the building of homes that utilize
this concept. He has agreed to write an article for this publication
that will hopefully appear next month.
Concrete, long known for its strength and durability, is seeing life
in an innovative form that joins the permanence of solid masonry with
modern technology. Using concrete boards, rigid foam insulation, proprietary "methods
and use" design and other basic method of formed concrete construction,
one company is now producing a concrete residential structure for the
production home market.
The idea or concept is to use concrete to construct exterior walls. A
stay in place form is used to pour these walls. This means forms do not
have to be removed, and in fact the forms become an integral part of
the wall construction. Walls made in this way are no more expensive than
stick built walls, but have the added benefit of being mold resistant,
high wind resistant, fire resistant, rot resistant, insect proof, and
are significantly more energy efficient than conventionally constructed
walls. Year round energy savings from homes built using this construction
method may range from 10-25% over conventional home designs. More information
about this new building concept can be found at All
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2. Healthy House Building Tips - Air Filters
you ever noticed that no matter how much you clean, you can still see
particles floating in a beam of sunlight coming in through a window?
This isn't just dust! It's made up of pollen, plant and mold spores,
pet dander, lint, bacteria and other contaminants. Regular daily activities
within the home, such as dusting, vacuuming, cooking and smoking, can
increase particulate concentrations. And major home remodeling and renovation
projects can introduce even higher levels of particles in the home!
These particles, measured in microns, range in size from fairly large
to microscopic. To better understand the size of a micron, note that
a human hair is about 70 microns in diameter. The tiniest particles -
those smaller than 1 micron (1) - make up 99 percent of the particles
in the air circulating within your home. Because the respiratory system's
defense mechanisms (i.e. nose, sinuses and windpipe) are designed to
filter out particles 3-5 microns in size, these tinier particles can
be breathed deep into the lungs.
Breathing in these particles can have a negative impact on your health,
ranging from irritation of the eyes and/or respiratory tissues to the
potential of more serious long-term effects, such as decreased lung function
and cancer. They can also trigger allergic reactions, asthma attacks
and infectious diseases.
One of the simplest, but most often overlooked ways to create a healthier
home is to use good quality air filters. How many of you are still using
the fiberglass panel filters in your home? If you do you are not only.
An estimated 85% of households use these. These may provide some protection
for your air handling system, but they provide little protection for
you. Such fiberglass filters remove only about 2-5% of all the particles
in the air.
In 1999 a new standard was adopted by which filters are to be rated for
their efficiency in remover particulate matter from air. The new standard
is known as the MERV standard or minimum efficiency reporting value.
A MERV rating is a numerical value that can go as high as 20. To put
things into perspective, the fiberglass filters mentioned above have
a MERV rating that ranges from 1-4. In contrast:
>>>A MERV 10 rating corresponds to 50-65% removal efficiencies for particles 1-3
microns in diameter and greater than 85% for 3-10 micron particles.
>>>A MERV 13 rating corresponds to 75% removal efficiencies for particles 1-3 microns
in diameter and greater than 90% for 3-10 micron particles.
>>>A MERV 15 rating corresponds to 85-95% removal efficiencies for particles 1-3
microns in diameter and greater than 90 % for 3-10 micron particles.
>>>A MERV rating of 16 is a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters, and
a MERV rating of 20 is an ULPA (ultra low
air penetration) filter.
For more information on this topic please go to the Health
House Website found at www.healthhouse.org
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The following are useful links relating
to the housing industry and the topics covered in this newsletter and may
be of interest.
Parts of this article were taken from the
Healthy House website. ====================================================
3. Related Links
Filters Now - An internet air filter supplier
American Lung Association, Health House
3M Filtere Air Filters
4. Did you know?
Did you know that Halloween was originally a Christian holiday. Halloween
is a shortened version of All Hallows Eve, the eve or evening before
the holy day. November 1, the day after Halloween is All Saints Day.
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