‘Behind the Build’ showcases effort to construct Madison home from insulated concrete forms

November 3, 2022 7:09 PM

Posted: Nov 3, 2022 7:09 PM

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MADISON, Wis. — Habitat for Humanity of Dane County and several partner organizations gathered in Madison Thursday to showcase their work building an affordable house out of insulated concrete forms.

The project marks the first home Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, the Build with Strength Coalition and local supplier partners have built out of the forms. The energy-efficient forms help homeowners cut down on their utility costs while also reducing upfront construction costs.

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“It’ll be good for the environment as well as good for our families,” Habitat for Humanity of Dane County CEO Valerie Renk said. “We’ll save energy costs over the 30 years or more life of the house, of course, it’ll also be a quieter home, produced more environmentally sound, but also safe for that homeowner over the life of their home, the energy costs in that home that it will take to heat the home.”

The concrete forms are also noncombustible and make it cheaper to insure homes.

The effort is part of a wider initiative to construct more than 50 concrete homes in 50 states over five years. Since February 2021, 47 homes have been built in 26 states.

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