Kevin Edwards/Edwards Design Group
Building a green home
E-Cretes Autoclaved Aerated Concrete
Kevin and Doug Edwards, brothers and partners
in the Scottsdale based Edwards Design Group,
built a 2000 square foot home out of E-Crete
that they hope will be the springboard to a project
building a mainstream, eco-friendly subdivision.
The exterior walls of the home are constructed with E-Cretes AAC
block. The home also features interior metal framing, solar heating,
shade structures and desert landscaping.
Thanks to versatile materials like E-Cretes AAC, its easy to
construct environmentally friendly homes that are affordably priced, aesthetically
appealing and comfortable, said Kevin Edwards, co-owner of Edwards Design
Adobe style residence
Siteworks, Inc. Santa Fe, NM
Siteworks, Inc.s president Ray Gee had a client that wanted a home
that really captured the look and feel of the Southwest. Details such
as rounded walls, thick door and window openings, a beehive fireplace,
and multiple niches had to be included. In addition to these architectural
features, the home also had to be energy efficient and built with quality
products. Mr. Gee turned to E-Crete for the solution to building a home
for his discriminating client.
By building with E-Crete, Siteworks, Inc. was able to meet the
clients demand for a home with a masonry-like feel, but priced
more competitively than a conventional, thick-walled wood frame system.
Siteworks chose E-Crete blocks to achieve the look, feel and workability
of adobe. The client also benefitted from other E-Crete block characteristics
such as superior thermal and acoustic insulation. In the end, both client
and builder were very satisfied with the results of this E-Crete home.
When Mark Novak of Novak Construction received the building plans for
a custom home for one of his clients, he didnt know what to think.
A product that he was only vaguely familiar with was specified in the
plans. It was E-Crete building blocks and he wasnt sure what to
make of it.
I didnt know how this product was
going to be to work with, said
Novak. I wasnt sure if it would be accepted by my trades.
As it turned
out, Novaks tradesmen
had heard of E-Crete and were eager to work with
it, and some already had.
Working with E-Crete blocks wasnt any more complicated than ordinary
masonry blocks, Novak said. In fact, working with E-Crete was easier
because you use thinbed mortar resulting in a much more even wall with tighter
One of the driving forces behind E-Crete being specified was the owner
of the home. Mr. Gerd Zimmerman is originally from Germany where Autoclaved
Aerated Concrete (AAC) has been used for decades in the construction
of all types of structures. He was accustomed to the many benefits of
building and living with AAC.
I wanted my home to be as energy efficient and soundproof as possible, comments
Mr. Zimmerman. My house is located near a bus route and I didnt want
to hear the engines of the buses while I was inside my home.
Once the exterior walls were constructed of E-Crete, Novak found the
interior finishing was easier because of the use of E-Crete.
Hanging the sheetrock was easier and faster because we didnt have
to spend time hunting for studs to hang the boards on, and we didnt have
to patch any routers for the electrical work. Hanging drywall on E-Crete was
very efficient, observes Novak.
Another benefit of using E-Crete that convinced Mr. Novak of its superiority
over conventional masonry products is its thermal insulation properties.We built the yard perimeter walls from CMU and compared them to
the E-Crete walls that the house was built with. The CMU wall was very
hot to the touch. In comparison, the E-Crete walls did not feel warm
at all. It was pretty amazing.
Novak said he looks forward to building more homes with E-Crete and will
recommend E-Crete to his future customers. I feel as though I can offer something innovative to my clients
by offering them an E-Crete home.