Building a Net-Positive House

The Perfect Block foundation system on this high-performance house in Upstate New York saves 60% of the concrete needed for a conventional slab.

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In October 2021, Connecticut-based builder Ben Bogie of BPC Green Builders broke ground on a trailblazing project in the Hudson River Valley (climate zone 5). In collaboration with Trillium Architects, the 5000-sq.-ft house is Japanese pagoda–inspired and promises to be lesson-rich.

The overarching goal is to use building science-based best practices—products, techniques, and assemblies—to construct a high-performance, net-positive house. Keeping upfront carbon emissions to a minimum is a crucial objective.

To that end, the project minimizes the use of virgin foam insulation, reduces concrete where feasible, is engineered to avoid the need for steel and optimizes materials made of recycled content.

GBA will be following this build and sharing key construction details along the way. We will produce an 11-episode video series and culminate with a webinar to discuss the design thinking behind the building details.

– Fine Home Building

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Just a bit more of note.
As their landfills were filling with EPS foam, refuse with a lifespan of nearly 500 years, the Europeans saw a need and were the first to develop a use for the nuisance foam trash by grinding it up and mixing it with cement creating a new and valuable green building material made from the world’s waste. ICCF was born.

Eco Building Systems CA offers an array of distinct ICCF building elements for worldwide sustainable construction. For those wanting to produce those same ICCF building products anywhere in the world, EBS offers mobile block-producing factories that can be set up in any location in the world.

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