"“The shape and orientation of the home also have a passive solar effect. The angle of the Master wing takes advantage of the orientation by “catching” the southeast prevailing breeze. It also shades the rest of the home and the outdoor living areas from the west sun in the summer. In the winter, it protects those areas from the northwest winds while the southern facing windows of the Foyer and Living Room use the lower angle of the sun to warm the home, the epitome of passive solar design.

The real reason, as I see it, for an environmentally friendly home is one that is designed to be energy efficient is more comfortable to live in. The McDowell residence is built with ICFs (insulated concrete forms), so the exterior walls are composed of concrete and foam. No windows in the home are exposed to sunlight during the summer months and the home is shaped to capture the southeast breezes. The windows in the master bedroom face the breeze which flows under the flowering vines growing on the trellis outside the room. This home is comfortable most of the year without the use of the geo-thermal air-conditioning Pat and LouAnne installed. Pat also installed a very large “Mumford” designed fireplace which heats the room and its inhabitants rather than being a decoration only. This is a cool and comfortable home with fresh air moving through to keep it healthy, in some of the
most inhospitable geography in the country. The landscape there is mostly red granite or sandstone, overgrown with cactus and an inch or so of topsoil. It gets hot there. Pat specified the use of the ICFs and geo-thermal, but these were the only materials/methods beyond the normal home being constructed in central Texas. The difference is in the design. This is what I do best, adapt a home to the site. No one pays more attention to the home's location than I do. And how the home relates to the environment is an essential element. Whether the design is labeled “green” or not.”
-Joe Volpe – Joe Volpe Design

“We are proud of the image of this structure and how it has performed to our expectations”
-Cliff Holden - Burleson School District (Academy at Nola Dunn Project)

"I had just started with the company shortly before we started The Academy at Nola Dunn project. I had no previous experience with NUDURA or any other ICF product. I found the installation of NUDURA's ICF block to be so simple that a novice could install it. The ease of use has made me a NUDURA ICF fan.

The NUDURA product is light and the forms can be installed by one person. They are light and safer for the trades to work with than installing traditional methods in the industry. The Secondary containment properties of the ICF forms on either side of the concrete repels the salt water in the oil field application."
-David Urbanovsky - Advanced Construction (Academy at Nola Dunn Project)

“We sourced out many building alternatives when we started looking into building our new home. When we came across NUDURA we knew we had found the right product. Energy efficiency, comfort and safety were the biggest attributes that we looked for and we have not been disappointed. When we walk into our home the comfort level in both the winter and summer is fantastic. We also noticed that our home is much quieter, an added benefit we weren’t looking for. Another attribute we really liked about NUDURA was the fact that it is an environmentally friendly product. Our distributor was very helpful in explaining the product and the things we had to think about while building, and the service was excellent. We definitely made the right choice”
-Linda Perry – NUDURA Home Owner  

" In 2007, we undertook the construction of a new custom home.  In fact, this was our fourth new construction project, however, the criteria significantly different.  Given the abundance of construction materials and techniques available today, we concluded we wanted to build a home that would prove to be energy efficient, quiet and withstand the test of time.  After looking at all of the options, we selected a ICF design and ultimately Nudura.  The rationale was immediately apparent because Nudura offers a spectacular selection of component blocks allowing you to design curves, integrating brick ledges and adapting features which otherwise would leaves us with some conventional construction parts.  In fact, while we didn't build a pool, we gave serious consideration to using Nudura products for the pool.

During the design and construction process, Nudura's technical support team enabled us to optimize the design, perform enhancements and save on costs.  Moreover, in an effort to create an airtight enclosure, they were able to demonstrate the benefits of the Ceiling Technology which in addition to substantially improving our energy savings, also made our house quieter, not to mention stronger because it is built of Nudura to the trusses.  We took additional steps to lower the "carbon footprint" through the design of the heating system including the infloor heating for which Nudura products provided the insulation.  

Having lived in the home for over two and a half years, the benefits continue to materialize.  Our energy conservation goal has been surpassed and we have reduced our consumption of Natural Gas by more than 50%.  This is a very exciting achievement, regardless of the price of Natural Gas because this home is 2.5 times larger than the last house we built in 1999.  From an economic perspective, the payback is relatively short given current energy costs and the nominal premium over conventional construction.  Comparatively, we fully expect to benefit when we sell this home because of environmental awareness and the desire of more and more homeowners to save on thermal costs.  Unquestionably, our next home will be a Nudura home!   Bravo Nudura!
-Dan & Roz - NUDURA Home Owner


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