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Above-Grade Concrete Benefits | Government Agencies

Every homeowner has a right to a safe, well built structure. Whether it’s a Habitat home, low-income, government, military housing or in a flood, hurricane or tornado impacted region - concrete construction is perfect for any community or government agency to consider.

Why consider concrete homes?

Rock Solid Construction for Unparalleled Safety and Security

A solid concrete home can withstand fire, infestation, and forces of nature like tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes better than homes made of other building materials - for greater peace of mind in protecting homeowners and their property, and their families.

Environmentally Friendly / "Green Building"

As ENERGY STAR® homes, a solid concrete home places an emphasis on energy conserving energy and reducing indoor air pollution. A concrete constructed home follows the "Green Building" objectives and also significantly conserve trees by reducing the need for lumber. In countries where lumber is scarce and with the conservation of our natural resources a priority, homeowners have enjoyed the benefits of concrete, stone, and masonry homes for thousands of years. In recent years, more and more Americans have discovered the many benefits of concrete construction.

Extremely Energy-Efficient

Because of concrete’s incredible thermal storage capacity, a solid concrete home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than traditional houses. Airtight construction and rigid insulation also eliminate external air infiltration to keep inside temperatures consistent and comfortable. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently awarded concrete homes a Five-Star Rating for energy efficiency through its ENERGY STAR home program. Homes with the ENERGY STAR label are designed to use at least 30% less energy, help homeowners save money on utility bills, and help protect the environment.

Flood Mitigation

Homeowners in flood regions and government agencies responding to these areas can be more prepared because the overall flood damage is kept to a minimal. Clean up is reduced to disinfecting of the concrete walls, floors and ceilings.

Healthy Interior Environments

A solid concrete home and its airtight construction is a healthy interior environment especially for a number of homeowners concerned with indoor air quality or air related health issues.


This type of construction addresses all aspects of superior housing needs including safer, disaster resistant homes that are cost effective, comfortable, low-maintenance, environmentally friendly, and promote energy-efficiencies that meet the objectives of so many agencies including:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency - a former independent agency that became part of the new Department of Homeland Security in March 2003 - is tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disasters. (website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

ENERGY STAR Home program (website

Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing (PATH)

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing. (website

U.S. Department of Energy

Government agency promotes efficiency and alternative energy sources. (website)