Don't miss NAHB's 2008 Concrete Technologies Tour in Charlotte, N.C., June 1-3, 2008. Attend and you'll get an inside look at the residential concrete industry and see the latest production techniques and building trends up close. You'll also network with industry professionals and see how builders all over the country are boosting their bottom line with concrete.
Concrete housing starts are expected to grow by a significant percentage in 2010, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA) chief economist Ed Sullivan, who spoke at the International Builders' Show in February. The PCA adds that the increasing popularity of green-building products will help increase cement demand because of the superior energy performance in concrete wall systems.
Building with concrete means building some of the greenest structures around. In particular, homes built with insulating concrete form walls (ICFs) can require up to 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable frame homes, according to a study by the Portland Cement Association (PCA). That translates into a savings of about 1.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
During NAHB's 2008 Concrete Technologies Tour, get a first-hand look at the advantages of ICFs and how to work with them when you visit PolySteel's insulating concrete form project. You'll also see what makes concrete such an energy-efficient product during visits to:
- CEMEX - New block plant facility and ready-mix facility
- Superior Walls - Precast foundations
- James Hardie - Fiber cement siding project
- Carolina Bomanite Corp. - Decorative concrete pavers and flooring
Demand for green building is growing. A recent study by NAHB and McGraw-Hill Construction projects that by 2010, between 5% and 10% of new construction starts will be green projects. Don't miss out on this chance to learn innovative ways to build green. Register for the Concrete Technologies Tour today! Registration ends May 16. For more information, or to register, visit www.nahb.org/ConcreteTour. Source: NAHB/McGraw-Hill Residential Green Building Smart Market Report, 2006