Tim Carter's thought process extends beyond construction to the lifestyle of the occupants.
He believes that people should be able to grow their own food, minimize energy usage that is consuming the earth's resources, maximize the use of solar where practical and live, work and play in a healthy atmosphere.
"All of us need to do our part to reduce the carbon footprint. Why should we expect the power companies to reduce negative environmental impact while we, the users, continue the status quo?"
However, choice is limited by availability of facilities to support an improved lifestyle.
"I want to give people who want to change the opportunity. Our habitats should be enabling!"
Therefore, his buildings must support those ideals with LEED* - type designs, roof-top and patio greenhouse gardens, long-term durability of materials, and barriers preventing moisture, mold, insects, radon and any other known pollutant. Also, such a habitat must be affordable!
(* LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Tim has demonstrated the wall panel construction with the house as illustrated in New ICF.
Here are some rough sketch views of one of his non-traditional concepts - pretty wild!
The sketches, all of the same building, were envisioned with specific functionality in mind. Note the flat roofs where occupants could have green-house gardens. Expanding that thought, Tim would like to build dormitories where students learn to live a sustainable lifestyle.
How will Tim redefine building construction?
Tim wants to make construction as simple as possible. The wall panel system is shop fabricated in a controlled environment and designed in such a way that two people can erect the panels in the field with no lifting equipment required. The first level of a 2000 SF house can be erected in a couple of days on a prepared site.
Then, the process involves concrete placement followed by the next level panels. Forms for elevated concrete floors are pre-fabricated. For ease of field installation, all materials are pre-cut to fit, including rebar. With trained technicians, the installation will be very efficient. Accommodations for mechanical, electrical and plumbing interfaces with the walls are built-in at the shop.
The resulting R 42 panels (calculated) will contribute to an average R 31 for the installed wall system of a typical house, (calculated weighted average R value based on areas (square footage) of exposure of panels, concrete, windows and doors; thermal mass of concrete was not considered).