Green Home Construction Elkhart IN

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Reliance Construction, Inc.
(574) 773-4308
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Nicholas Custom Home, Inc.
(574) 674-0327
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Oakbrook Homes
(877) 674-9912
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Choice Homes by Shawn Bornman, Inc.
(574) 831-3675
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

1-2-1 Designs, Inc.
(574) 825-1579
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

All American Building Systems
(574) 266-2500
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Choose The Right Construction, Inc.
(574) 875-4455
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Garden Homes by E.L. Inc.
(574) 277-3500
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes, Developer

Reliable Projects by Martin, Inc.
(574) 849-0718
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Town and Country Builders of Goshen, Inc.
(574) 293-5274
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Green Building Foundation

Green Foundation Resource

A well-planned foundation can make a substantial contribution to controlling heat and cooling costs while eliminating potential moisture and mold problems. There are many different types of foundations to choose from, depending on climate, soils condition, water table and other factors.

See Chapter 4 on Foundations in the Green from the Ground Up book for more details or contact us about training .

Foundations Should be Insulated

Heat is lost through foundation walls, crawl spaces and concrete slabs. Foundations should always be insulated, preferably on the outside to reduce the risk of condensation and make the mass of concrete or block walls part of the conditioned space. An insulated foundation becomes part of the house's thermal envelope, contributing to energy conservation and creating a more comfortable environment.

Insulating a Basement on the Inside

Although exterior insulation offers more advantages, basements can be insulated from the inside, too. The key is controlling the movement of moisture and mold-inducing condensation as warm air migrates to a cooler surface.

Green Foundation Transition Guide

Some tips and best practices to get started.

Build forms from plywood or aluminum

Initial costs are higher, but they save the trouble and expense of replacing forms made from dimensional lumber

Wood forms made from 2x12’s can only be used a few times and are usually too soiled to be recycled

Reuse forms as much as possible

Modular forms are made for most foundation applications Keep as much material out of the landfill as possible can reduce landfill costs Clean and stack used forms after use and reuse them on another project

Use insulated concrete forms

Combine insulation and concrete to form one wall

Polystyrene blocks are stacked to create a foundation wall and concrete is poured into the void for rigidly

Save on both concrete and labor costs

Many companies make ICFs. There are  blocks that are made from recycled woodchips and mineral wool. Most are made from polystyrene

Install a perimeter drain at the base of a foundation wall

A perimeter drain gathers water that might otherwise damage the foundation wall, and channels it away from the foundation.

A perforated pipe wrapped in landscaping felt and placed in a bed of crushed rock located around the footing of the foundation

Insulate foundation walls and slabs with rigid foam

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