Today not only marks my first offical post (I’m the husband) but also our first official green building material used on this project. Kim did some research into what, if any, sustainable concrete solutions existed. She was able to find that mixing fly ash into the concrete mixture not only increases the cement’s strength, it reduces the cost of the material. We saved a whopping $150… I can all but guarantee that’s the first and last “green” thing we save money on throughout the building process. Anyway, fly ash “is a waste bi-product of coal electric energy production that would typically be landfill material“. It was simple enough for the concrete supplier to mix in and an hour advanced notice is all he needed.
I had wanted to use sustainable concrete forms but sourcing those in Rhode Island was extremely difficult and cost prohibitive. I feel good though knowing that, literally, the foundation of our home is green.
I of course forgot the camera when I went to watch the footings being poured so pics will follow tomorrow.
Can’t wait until the flat work is poured so the whole family can put their handprints in the floor of the garage.
Posted by: JMH