Green Building Techniques - Alternative Wall Systems
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Learn about how you can utilize a sustainable alternative wall system for your next project.
As regions of the United States endure weather related disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, traditional building methods such as wood and metal-stud framing often cannot withstand the severity of these events. This devastation leaves residents with nothing but rubble to return to. Alternative wall systems such as straw bale construction, insulated concrete form blocks, and Tridipanels™ not only have proven to be able to withstand harsh climate conditions more often than traditional framing. They also integrate recycled and sustainable materials that typically provide better insulation and reduced energy consumption. Learn the many advantages of these materials, methods of construction as well as the benefits of other natural building materials such as earthen plasters, rammed earth, and adobe construction.
AuthorsDrew Hubbell, Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, Inc.
Green Building Key Concepts
• Site Orientation
• Building Design: Efficiency, Thermal Mass
• Materials: Recycled, Durable
Alternative Wall Systems
• Earthen Plaster
• Sprayed Concrete
• Cooling Tube
• Rammed Earth
• Straw Bale Construction
Zero Energy Examples
• AAC: Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Block
• ICCF: Insulated Composite Concrete Form