Concrete Foundation Specialist2012 Winner Project of the Year2011 Winner Project of the Year
2011 Winner Project of the Year
Stucco is being applied to our concrete walls.

Project: Private Residence
Location: Bush, LA (North of New Orleans)

Project Description: 12,000 sq. ft. Italian influenced above-grade concrete house. Two story home plus a Terrace Level (walkout basement). Two 2-car garages. One of the 2-car garages was over a structural concrete slab to allow more space in the Terrace level. The rear porch was an elevated structural concrete slab.

Above-grade Concrete Wall Type: The Thermomass insulated concrete sandwich wall product. The wall makeup was 4” concrete/2” rigid insulation/4” concrete.
Fun Facts: We created 85 window and door openings in the exterior concrete walls. We installed over 200 electrical boxes for light switches and outlets in the concrete walls.

Award Winner: Our project was selected among outstanding entries from across North America. The entries were reviewed and voted on by industry experts as well as many of the 50,000 attendees at the World of Concrete show/convention in Las Vegas. The award is given each year by the Concrete Foundations Association of North America for the best above-grade concrete home.
The owners and architect chose a concrete home for its:
  • Energy efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Immunity to termites
  • Resistance to hurricane-related winds
  • Overall security
Joint Venture:  This project was a joint venture between Herbert Construction Co. and Basement Contractors of Edmund, Oklahoma.

Energy Savings of 60% to 80%:  The US Department of Energy's Building America Program recently conducted two studys which confirmed the energy savings of Thermomass compared to conventionally built frame homes.  Below are some of the findings.

Las Vegas Study

  • The Thermomass home requires only 35% of the natural gas for space heating per year as the conventionally built home (109 Therms versus 308 Therms).
  • The Thermomass home requires only 16% of the annual electric power for cooling as the conventionally built home (1,508 kilowatt hours versus 9,490 kilowatt hours).
  • Based upon local utility rates, it would cost $184.01 per year to heat and cool the Thermomass home, compared to a cost of $937.98 to heat and cool the wood-fram home.

Borrego Springs, CA Study
  • The Thermomass homes used 44% to 66% less energy and 66% to 68% less energy for cooling than teh Building America benchmarks.
  • The annual heating and cooling costs for Thermomass homes totaled $675.75 and $709.99, compared to $1,965.01 and $2,062.81 for the benchmark homes.

Barry Herbert (left) and Mike Hancock (right) accept the award from Ed Sauter (center) of the CFA.

Forms are removed from the Main Level.
The Award for Project of the Year.
A large "S" shaped retaining wall begins to reveal itself.
A view of the future patio and fountain area.
The Main Entry and Garages begin to take form.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a concrete home, including a 60% or more reduction in your heating/cooling costs, then give us a call at 770-795-0103.  We can help.