Ultimate Green Building at it’s finest!

Green Building at it’s finest!

“Green Building” construction to satisfy the need for energy efficiency mandates present several obstacles than meets the eye. But there are no other methods superior than to start your construction project with the proper type of shell or framing. This is where the TriDiPanel System brought to you by “House O’Foam” saves the day. But first, some definitions before we get started.

Green Building according to the EPA

is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible, resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. Also expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort which efficiently use energy, water, and other resources.


Green Building by House O’Foam!

With the constant push for better Green Building products on the rise,  unfortunately the fundamental flaw still remains will the structure or “shell” of the design to be constructed. Currently, most designs still incorporate the heavy use of lumber for framing which at it’s very core is the “oxymoron” of the “Green Building” movement.

First and foremost, the use of lumber for construction framing has so many drawbacks, it’s no wonder it’s use hasn’t already been outlawed. Let’s take a good look at a few reasons from an engineering perspective shall we?

Lumber is:

  • Extremely Flammable
  • Wasteful- every dollar spent on lumber framing is 28% trash!
  • Very brittle and requires additional specialty reinforcements
  • A food source for rodents, insects and bacterias ie: mold
  • Requires specialty labor for construction and is time consuming.
  • No longer cheap. Actually very expensive factoring in the waste.
  • Very poor in “R” factor and decays and rots. Useful life is limited.
  • Moderate to poor sustainability and resistance to inclement weather.

If not lumber? What then?

If we should stop framing with lumber, what should we use then? Steel? Masonry block? Straw bales? Mud ? Adobe?

All very good suggestions in their own categories. Let’s take a look at each one.
Steel: Very strong and very expensive, not to mention also that steel is an excellent conductor of heat (poor insulation factor) and requires specialty crews for assembly. I don’t know about this one.
Masonry block: Sure! However, again it requires a specialty crew for handling and an excellent conductor of heat(poor insulation factor) and very brittle. Concrete block is not as strong as we’re led to believe! It cracks easily, isn’t impact resistant… at all! Barely flood resistant and isn’t cheap nor is it cheap to repair.

Straw bales: It’s possible, but we usually see them out in a field with animals munching away at them. You decide there.

Mud and adobe: There’s nothing wrong with it at all! As a matter of fact, adobe has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years. However, it’s not going to be cheap to use and still requires specialty labor and will be time intensive and won’t look good for very long!

So what’s the answer?

House O’Foam has the answer to the problem of framing with lumber that exceeds ALL energy conservation requirements and is practical and economical to use! Introducing the “New Standard” in construction framing… the TriDiPanel System!

Much much more on the “New Standard” here and Green Building at its finest!  Got questions?  Just ask !

House O’Foam, Inc.

Dallas, Texas