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Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Builds Two Net Zero Ready and Disaster-Resilient Concrete Homes with BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms

BuildBlock is proud to expand awareness of the benefits of cost-effective concrete construction through building energy-efficient, disaster-resilient, and sustainable housing with the NRMCA, Build With Strength and Habitat for Humanity.

The Oshara Project Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Construction Team.
Build with Strength, a program of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to construct decent, energy-efficient, disaster-resilient, affordable, and sustainable housing across the U.S. This initiative will help to provide incredibly strong and sustainable homes for dozens of Habitat Partner Families over the course of the next several years. Santa Fe Habitat received a grant allowing them to build two homes with cutting-edge Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) technologies. These homes in Oshara Village will utilize ICF walls instead of wooden exterior walls. Using ICFs helps stabilize skyrocketing construction material costs and reduces the number of materials needed and construction time. This proven technology uses durable foam forms that are stacked in the shape of the outside walls, filled with concrete and left in place permanently to create a resilient, sustainable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective wall. This project marks Santa Fe Habitat’s first divergence from traditional wood-frame construction. In alignment with their green building initiative and Net Zero Energy commitment, ICF construction offers energy-efficient and long-lasting concrete cores, low waste production, and a green material that retains a high insulation quality over time. This grant is made possible by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Build with Strength Coalition partnering with Habitat for Humanity International. Build With Strength is donating concrete for the construction of Habitat homes across the country, and Santa Fe is one of 16 locations involved in this partnership. BuildBlock Building Systems wants to join in offering a special thanks to Habitat for Humanity International, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Build With Strength, the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association, Espanola Transit Mix, Chavez Concrete Pumping, and the American Concrete Pumping Association for collaborating to help build two strong, sustainable homes for families in the homeownership program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.