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Avoiding Hot-Weather Problems

I know ready-mix producers have to make an effort to deliver concrete at an appropriate temperature during hot weather. What steps should a concrete contractor take to keep concrete cool enough for hot-weather placement? More

ICFs for Energy Efficiency
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ICFs for Energy Efficiency

Building a home that makes as much energy as it consumes requires extreme... More

25 Years of Building Green Orlando, Fla.
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25 Years of Building Green Orlando, Fla.

Overlooking Lake Nona, a 6725-square-foot, plantation-style house makes Orlando,... More

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Federal Energy Tax Provisions

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005 H.R.6) created tax incentives for energy-efficiency measures in buildings or systems placed in service from Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2008. More

Innovation Shaping the Industry Orlando, Fla.
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Innovation Shaping the Industry Orlando, Fla.

This year's The New American Home (TNAH) left an inspirational handprint on the... More

ICFS and Antique Finishes Create a European Feel Monterey, Calif.
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ICFS and Antique Finishes Create a European Feel Monterey, Calif.

Three very special high-end custom homes are being constructed in Monterey, Calif.... More

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Residential Concrete Floor: The Thermal Solution

The thermal mass needed in passive solar homes such as this one in Naperville, Illinois, calls for concrete. More

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Saving Energy with Concrete

The world supply of readily usable energy is finite and woefully short for the projected needs of an ongoing industrial society. More

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Thermal Mass of Concrete

Thermal mass relates to the ability of a material to store and release heat. More

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Earth-Sheltered Nature Center

To build a nature awareness center that did not disrupt the natural environment, the structure chosen was an earth-sheltered, earth-integrated concrete building heated by passive solar energy with electricity provided by a wind generator and hot water by solar collector panels. More

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