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Spartygrad95
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Those new buildings by entrance to Humane Society were apparently built using this system. They are claiming a 1000 sq foot cottage, hand you the keys, can be built for around $80k. Exceeds building codes, green construction, high R values.. When something seems too good to be true though I naturally keep skeptical

https://www.facebook.com/groups/241455502718865/permalink/407701052760975/

http://gigacrete.com

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ms411
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They were at the Housing Expo as was another distributor with a similar product, though I thought Gigacrete had a better product, though can't remember why now. I'd have to look at my brochures.

But, those concrete blocks are so 20th century, so time for improved materials.

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Spartygrad95
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That, if true, would also be quite a savings over traditional concrete block building.

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Their model caught my eye as it was going up, because it was clear they weren't using concrete blocks - too white, and indeed looked like Styrofoam reinforced with rebar. Lot of interest at Expo.

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Spartygrad95
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It is polystyrene with steel studs. Then coated in their stucco/concrete inside and out. No Portland cement. Uses coal ash from power plants. I'm going to look more into it.

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