Fire Resistant Homes
Insulated Concrete Forms
ICF is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete made with thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs. The forms are interlocking modular blocks that are dry-stacked and filled with concrete. The blocks lock together like Lego bricks and create a form for the structural walls or floors of a building. ICF construction has become commonplace for low rises, commercial, and high-performance residential construction as more stringent energy efficiency and natural disaster-resistant building codes are adopted.
The combination of foam and concrete means a home build with ICF will help save money on energy bills every year. The energy savings comes from the increased R-value of the foam. Stick built homes may have an R-value of 9, ICF homes have an R-value of 17 to 26, making them much more insulating.
STC rating of 50+ (or more if combined with other sound reduction materials).
ICF homes are able to provide a tight building envelope, which eliminates moisture and condensation. This leads to a healthier home with better indoor air quality.
Concrete does not break down until it is exposed to thousands of degrees Fahrenheit which is far hotter than in the typical house fire. ICF and solid concrete walls can be subjected to continuous flames of up to 2300° F for hours and still be standing.
FIRE RESISTANT HOMES
There are many ways in which homes can be built to be much more resistant to fires, or even fire-proof. With the strict energy performance requirements of new homes and buildings, we recommend building homes out of insulated concrete forms (ICF). These forms are cost-effective, highly efficient, non-toxic, and their 8" solid concrete core is very resistant to damage from fire. We also recommend building the roof out of concrete, as many fires are started from burning embers landing on the roof and igniting the structure.
Blue means no heat loss
Red means heat loss
We believe that the customer gets the best value, assumes the least risk, and has the most enjoyable experience by entering into a design-build construction agreement. Hire us as a design-build general contractor and we will help you with selecting and working with an architectural firm, engineering, permitting, and financing.
We can help you design and build the home of your dreams in the most efficient, fastest, and streamlined way possible.
Please visit the following link to learn more about the design-build process.
Pre-designed Home Plans
We have designed this structure to help as many people as possible to have safe homes to live in. This structure is designed so that it can also be built as an Accessory Dwelling Unit which, under the current law, can be built on any home site with sufficient space as an accessory dwelling, or two of these homes could be built on the same lot.
We are currently focusing on building the 1200 square foot model of this home, so that we can help people get back in a home, as quickly as possible. We can also work with you to design a more complex design/build fireproof home or estate.
Here are a few samples of our home plans! We will have 3D renderings available soon!
These plans can be built with simple interior finishes, on most sites, starting at $200 a square foot ($240,000.00)
Sod Roofs and Green Roofs have been used for thousands of years, only recently being replaced by tile, metal, then petroleum-based roofing materials. Sod Roofs and Green Roofs are more resistant to fire, better insulating, have more thermal mass, create more habitat for nature, reduce the amount of heat generated by homes, and look great. Above are some pictures of Sod Roofs and Green Roofs and below is a link to a Wikipedia article with lots of great information and construction details. I hope that we can return to our roots and begin building things again out of natural materials, from local resources, designed to resist anything mother nature can subject them to.
FIRE FORTRESS HOMES
Green Constructors believes that the best thing we can do for the environment in California is to build Fireproof or Fire Resistant homes that are non-toxic and use little or zero non-renewable energy.
In addition to the tragedy that lost houses bring to individuals and families, burning structures pollute the air and water. Rebuilding requires the manufacture of more building materials and puts more trucks on the road. That is not “green.” We wish all communities could build homes, buildings, and neighborhoods that improve the land and the earth and keep people healthy and safe. Building Fireproof homes out of non-toxic materials, that are designed to last for an extremely long time with very little maintenance is very environmentally friendly, and it keeps people healthy and safe.
We believe that all people deserve to live in homes that are safe, healthy, and comfortable, so we strive to keep our costs very low through intelligent and simple designs. We have been able to match or beat other home builder’s prices, even with our superior structures. We have designed a few models of a simple structure using the most advanced, safest, durable, and most healthy building materials available. This home is designed to be able to be constructed very quickly, on a variety of sites in remote locations.