CHC News and Press

The latest news and information about the concrete homes industry

NewWestern Forms Acquires Solid Wall Systems

Western Forms and Mercedes Homes are pleased to announce Western Forms acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Solid Wall Systems, Inc.

NewNo Oklahoma Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down These Homes

At 10,000 and 8,500 square feet this pair of all-concrete homes is defining durability and security in the windswept plains of the Central U.S.

Source: ConcreteProductsWeb (June 2007)

NewPrecast and Poured-in-place Pair up in Midwest [175 KB pdf]

John Hess and his brother Dan are co-owners of Best Way Foundations in Belleville, Illinois. They grew up with concrete construction, having a father and uncle who ran a construction equipment business and were dealers for Western Forms and Wall Ties & Forms. In the early 1990s, the brothers
started their own business for poured-in-place foundations.

Source: Concrete Homes (April/May 2007)

NewBarrier Island Retreat

Topsail, one of the North Carolina Barrier Islands, beckons to those who love living with the sun rising over the ocean and setting over the Coastal Waterways. When this synergistic combination involves a condominium built of concrete, buyers have the perfect retreat—one that stands up to the Atlantic Coast’s biggest natural threats: hurricanes.

Source: Concrete Homes (March 2007)

Fox News: Outinord Tunnel Forms at Sail Harbor [5.96MB wmv]

On June 1st, 2006, the first day of hurricane season, EH Building Group was featured on Fox News, highlighting the unique advantages of Solid-Six Construction and high-impact glass.

Source: EH Building Group (September 28, 2006)

WINK TV News: Outinord Tunnel Forms at Sail Harbor [4.8MB wmv]

This past June 1st, the first day of hurricane season, EH Building Group was featured on WINK TV News, highlighting the unique advantages of Solid-Six Construction and high-impact glass.

Source: EH Building Group (September 28, 2006)

A New Form of Home Building

The big equipment comes in to pour concrete into the forms used to construct the insulated home.  A crew from Insulated Concrete Structures and oversight by employees of Western Forms make sure the pour from Red River Concrete of Duncan goes smoothly.

Source: The Daily Lawton Constitution (May 23, 2006)

NewIsland Adventure

Constructing Dancing Dolphin Villa on St. John tests the extent of one builder's creativity. Anyone acquainted with the expression "island time" knows there are places in the world where life and work have a whole different rhythm--one that most Americans never encounter.

Source: Concrete Homes (May 2006)

Concrete Homes Stand Up to Earthquakes

Built according to good practices, concrete homes can be among the safest and most durable types of structures during an earthquake. Homes built with reinforced concrete walls have a record of surviving earthquakes intact, structurally sound and largely unblemished. Concrete walls include insulating concrete froms (ICFs), cast-in-place, precast or tilt-up.

Source: Residential Concrete (January 2006)

Building Fast

Using one set of tunnel forms, you can build the shell for a house in one day. Regardless of the building system or materials used, there is no faster way to build a house than with tunnel form construction. With the smallest labor force, walls and decks (ceilings) require only one forming operation and a single concrete placement. Tunnel form construction can be ideal for high-rise buildings, multifamily and single-family residences, hotels, town houses, military housing, prisons, and some warehouse applications. But to take full advantage of the system, the decision to use tunnel form construction must be made before the design process starts. There must be a crane on the jobsite, and there must be the opportunity for repetitive use of the tunnel forms.

Source: Residential Concrete (Janaury 2006)

Home, Sweet Bomb-proof Home

Exhibitor Magazine (September 2005)

Concrete Homes Gain Significant Market Share

Concrete Homes Building Council eNews (December 2004)

A Better View

Concrete Homes Magazine (February/March 2004)

Concrete Homes Council Joins Builders to Promote Concrete Industry

CHC Press Release (February 2004) - 17KB PDF

Concrete Structures Stand up to Hurricane Isabel

Concrete Monthly (October 2003)

2002 Homeowner Survey

Portland Cement Association (September 2002) - 265KB PDF

Building Your Concrete Home: Part 1

Concrete Homes Magazine (July 2002)

Cast-in-Place Concrete Homes

Concrete Homes Magazine (May 2002)

New Orleans Plays Host to 2002 World of Concrete

Portland Cement Association (February 2002) - 265KB PDF

New Concrete Alliance Promotes Concrete Homes

CHC Press Release (December 2001)

Concrete for Humanity

CHC Press Release (January 2002)

The "Safe Haven" Home

CHC Press Release (July 2001)

When the Wind Blows the Cradle Won't Rock

CHC Press Release (July 2001)

Removable Forms for Concrete Homes

Concrete Construction (February 2001)


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