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Posted - 20 December 2002 10:47

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Over and over again we see houses damaged by tornados.
The lines where they fail are always
along floor or ceiling lines. This is because builders
cling on to the way we have always done it :
College text books show "TRUSS FRAMED SYSTEMS" as an
alternate, but no builder will touch it because they
know that the idea needs some expensive further
As a retired aerospace materials engineer, I know the
paths of optimization. I have concluded that house
construction re- inventing needs to follow a path
similar to the Saturn auto re- inventing.

I have also concluded that green and energy friendly
orientations can also be more durable with less costs.
I want to find a rich person who will help me prove
these ideas.
Dean Youngkeit
21 North 100 East
Willard, Utah 84340
(435)734 0681


Posted - 13 August 1999 12:33

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Good point except that the Saturn is a cheap piece of
junk. I'd rather stick to the saying-"You get what you
pay for."


Posted - 21 September 2000 12:3

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The movement has already begun. ICF
houses are the most energy efficient
houses in existence. They can easily
reach R-values twice as high as stick
homes, depending on how many windows
you have. For more information on ICFs
and other concrete building systems,

Mike Collignon
Webmaster of

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