09 Apr '11, 2am

America’s traffic and bad roads waste 4.2 billion hours and 2.8 billion gallons of fuel a year.

The research also found that it’s possible to build homes smarter, saving families money, while still protecting the environment. For buildings, concrete materials can realize substantial energy savings – up to 20 percent HVAC savings for residential structures made with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) instead of wood and up to 5-6 percent each year for commercial concrete structures compared to steel. This is critical to helping cash-strapped families realize a lower cost of living. The operational energy savings realized over the life of concrete structures have the potential to lower families’ and business’ energy bills and to lower the life-cycle carbon emissions of homes and office buildings throughout the country.

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/03/11/life-cycle-...

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