The most compelling
reason for building a home with concrete is energy efficiency.
Concrete’s thermal storage capacity enables the home
to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer than traditional
houses; its mass prevents wide fluctuations in temperature.
External air infiltration is eliminated, thanks to airtight
construciton and rigid insulation. This keeps indoor temperature
consistent and comfortable.
In fact, the Energy Star home program of the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently given a five-star
rating to homes built by SecureTech, the provider of wall
forms used in Safe Haven Homes. Homes with the Energy Star
label are designed to use less energy and help protect the
environment. Depending on lifestyle, climate and number of
people in the household, the typical family can save 40 to
70 percent on energy costs. Also, the homes’s furnace
and air conditioner can run during off-peak times, taking
advantage of power rate discounts from utility companies.
Within a few years, energy savings on heating and air conditioning
can total thousands of dollars.
What’s more, the home’s energy efficiency enables
installation of a smaller sized furnace and air conditioner
than in a stick-built house of comparable size.