MIT: 60-Year Life-Cycle Assessment Indicates Concrete Homes Have Lower Global Warming Potential

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  1. yes, but they tested against "best practice code – compliant wood-frame residences". they did not compare apples to apples, they compared code compliant wood to way above code concrete. Had they properly compared wood buildings designed to the same R value as their concrete buildings, they would have had a completely different result. I know I am in a minority here but when I wrote about this study last year I titled my post: "Big Surprise: New Study Shows Insulated Concrete Forms Are Better Than Crap." Lets compare quality construction with green materials, not ICF against "code compliant."

    1. I hear you, Lloyd. Thanks for stopping by!

      It is really tough, it seems, to find peer-reviewed scientific research to adequately address issues pertaining to building science. Even the Evaluation Reports that ICC-ES produce lack any rigor. I published this article simply as news. The news here: PCA hired a firm to produce research that is favorable to PCA’s interests. Unfortunately, I am not in a position right now to conduct testing to substantiate or refute the claims made. But if you have some data, I’m glad to pass it on. Perhaps you’ll have something up on Treehugger to set the record straight?

      Take care, Lloyd, and keep fighting the good fight.

  2. yes, but they tested against "best practice code – compliant wood-frame residences". they did not compare apples to apples, they compared code compliant wood to way above code concrete. Had they properly compared wood buildings designed to the same R value as their concrete buildings, they would have had a completely different result. I know I am in a minority here but when I wrote about this study last year I titled my post: "Big Surprise: New Study Shows Insulated Concrete Forms Are Better Than Crap." Lets compare quality construction with green materials, not ICF against "code compliant."

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