Companies Team Up To Build Energy Efficient HomesJanuary 15th, 2013 by Submitted
Two Arkansas companies, The Reata Foundation, Inc, a non-profit institution commissioned to provide affordable and energy efficient housing for the American family, and Concrete & Foam Structures, LLC( CFS), a fabricator of expanded polystyrene (EPS) have joined together to produce a technological advanced building system. The result is an ultra energy efficient residential home for the future era of residential house building.
The Engineered fabricated home has a lifetime R insulation factor reaching R-40 on exterior walls and roof giving the homeowner a saving of 50-70% on their annual heating and cooling costs according to the United States Dept. of Energy. This is compared to conventional stick-built wood frame house. Furthermore, the EPS home has less noise and drafts making for a quieter, more comfortable, and healthier living environment for the family. It also meets the Southern Building Code and has higher wind load and snow load ratings than stick built houses.
Ronnie Minnick, Managing Director, of the Reata Foundation, Inc. 1.800.404.2547 states, “families living today from paycheck to paycheck, they will have savings of $100-$150 a month on the electric bill. This is a substantial savings for most families. Over the past summer with record temperatures approaching 110 degrees, our 1400 square foot model house in Monticello, Arkansas, had the thermostat set on a constant 72 degrees, and the electric bill was $38.00 and $40.00 for July and August! Energy efficiency adds value, affordability, and comfort to a home. On a house presently under construction in Magnolia, Arkansas, the appraiser added value to the appraisal report due to its energy efficient properties.”
The pre-fabrication portion of the EPS construction is conducted by Concrete & Foam Structures (CFS) based in Monticello, Arkansas, and the location of the modular housing plant. Zach McClendon, CEO, is very experienced with EPS manufacturing having been involved with expanded polystyrene (EPS) products for the past 40 years as the former owner of Drew Foam Company, a major manufacturer of EPS across the south.
John Bargh serves as President of Concrete & Foam Structures, LLC, and is the engineer of the EPS technological advanced building system. John has had a 25 year history in the glass and commercial construction industry and has spent the last 5 years developing the present EPS engineered home.
For more information, please call Ronnie Minnick at 1-800-404-2547 or Zach McClendon at 870-367-2700.
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