Concrete offers safe alternative in homebuilding - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Concrete offers safe alternative in homebuilding

It's a fascinating concept. One Mid-South builder is using a combination of Styrofoam and concrete to build a house that will stand the test of time.

Looks can be deceiving, at least for one Tipton County house. There are bricks on the outside, but it is what is inside the house that makes it special.

Builder Eric Criswell said, "Its five inches of insulation, two inches on either side of the concrete wall which basically forms a sandwich, a concrete sandwich."

This house is one of the first of its kind in Tipton County.

Builders describe it like a Styrofoam cooler. Able to hold in both heat and air to make it more energy efficient. 

Houses like this are about five to six percent more expensive, but builders say it is worth the price.  

"When you look at energy and cost savings, 50 percent. When you look at insurance cost savings, somewhere in order of 15 to 25 percent," Criswell said.

On top of energy and insurance savings, builders say the house can withstand winds up to 240 miles per hour.

Builders said the house is also made from non-organic materials, which means there is no place for black mold to grow.

Homeowner Marshal Davis, who is an engineer by trade, said his family decided to build the home for safety reasons.

Davis said, "With all these safety features in the house just being a stronger house and living in an area prone to tornadoes, it does make us feel safer."

Criswell said concrete home construction is growing. Nearly twenty percent of all residential construction is now done using this concrete concept.

The Davis Family plans to move into their home in about a month.


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