By: Jan R. Prusinski, PE
The City of Lubbock has now built over 130 insulated concrete form (ICF) homes over the last 13 years for low income residents. On a recent trip to Lubbock, I visited with Brad Reed, the City of Lubbock coordinator of this effort (until very recently), who relayed to me that the program continues with 10+ homes being built per year....
Brad was the recipient of one of the first Sustainable Leadership Awards from the Portland Cement Association in 2008, for his efforts with building these homes. He recently moved to another department, but Rey Arias (firstname.lastname@example.org) has taken on the coordinator's role of building these highly energy-efficient homes (they use ~ 1/4 of the energy of the homes they replace).
Even more exciting is the news that other Texas cities have picked up the mantle of building low income ICF homes for deserving families (with federal HUD Community Development money). Brad and Rey noted that Midland/Odessa and Abilene have started similar programs.
That these cities are now building ICF homes in the same manner is a direct result, according to Reed, of the CCT and PCA partnership through the years, supporting the use of ICFs in Lubbock. In fall 2010, the Region VI annual meeting of the National Community Development Association was held in Lubbock, and its ICF program was the main focus, with presentations, and field trip demonstrations of ICF construction. CCT and PCA both contributed as meeting sponsors, attendees, and active participants. Midland/Odessa and Abilene jumped at the chance to latch onto a great idea, and commenced with their own programs. Other Texas cities have expressed interest.
This truly is a demonstration of sustainable construction at its best:
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