Concrete construction is a revolutionary construction method that uses insulating concrete, rather than a wood frame, to create the structure. The components of the insulated truss system are simple – a core of modified expanded polystyrene flanked by wire mesh, connected with galvanized wire mesh, field coated with concrete or poured in place with forms.
Concrete houses have numerous advantages over their wood-framed counterparts. Concrete's durability, versatility and economy have made it the world’s most used construction material. Concrete structures are more resistant to fire, infestation, rot, mold and the abrasion damage that occurs with weathering. Concrete homes can withstand forces of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes much better than typical wood and steel-framed houses. Concrete houses will also typically outlast the lifetime of most wood structures. Because of concrete’s incredible thermal storage capacity, a concrete home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than a traditional house, reducing utility costs. This airtight construction style also has the benefit of reduced indoor air pollution.
A concrete home can be built in a choice of architectural styles, and once cast, the exterior walls can be covered in a wide range of attractive, low-maintenance materials – stucco, siding, brick or stone.