High up on a hill in one of Canada’s wealthiest neighborhoods, a concrete home is enjoying the view. As the first runner up in the ICF Builder Awards in the Large Residential category, 511 Craigmohr in West Vancouver is a brand new high end home made with concrete as the main building material.
Concrete is normally associated with multi-unit buildings, or buildings with significant underground living space, but it has many benefits in above ground, detached homes as well. Compared to wood dwellings, concrete homes contribute to lower energy bills, better sound-proofing, are pest proof, offer a healthier indoor environment, are a safe haven from high winds, are fire resistant, and require less frequent repair and maintenance.
When constructed using ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms), as 511 Craigmohr was, these sustainable benefits are further enhanced as jobsite waste is reduced, and the dwelling experiences even greater insulation. In fact homes built with ICF walls require about 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool, compared to wood-frame houses.
This project, which is value at almost $5 Million, shows builders that a concrete home doesn’t mean the structure lacks style – on the contrary. One wouldn’t know the home was a concrete dwelling upon first glance. Gregg Yanke, owner of Nothing But Concrete, Ltd., served as general contractor, ICF installer, as well as architect. “This is a high end home, which is both efficient and airtight.” Yanke continues “It’s clean, healthy, quiet, comfortable and very sustainable.”
Yanke put to use a number of state-of-the-art, high-end features throughout the home, geared towards enhancing the sustainability of not only the longterm maintenance, but also the sort term construction. As Vancouver experiences a wet coastal climate, waterproofing the deep basement was a critical component to ensuring a solid foundation and healthy environment free of mold and mildew. Yanke opted to use Kryton’s KIM crystalline concrete waterproofing admixture to permanently waterproof the concrete within the ICF. The builders were reminded of the reason for ensuring a waterproof home, as over 11 in. of rain fell during the month-long installation of the ICF. Having the waterproofing directly in the concrete mix itself ensured that construction schedules were not interrupted due to weather in order to apply a waterproofing solution.
The end result is a beautiful, durable, energy efficient home, built within budget, with minimal ongoing maintenance costs compared to a traditionally built wood-framed home. And how about that view!