Could the “home of the future”… Be here now?

What if you could build a home that was aesthetically beautiful and affordable, had one of the highest energy ratings in the market place and could protect you and your family from fire, insects, rot, floods, and hurricanes?   These are the features of an Eon Built home. Don Devore, initially inspired by experimenting with rammed earth housing, conceived of the Eon concept. He then developed and patented his ideas and has been working on the Sunshine Coast BC with a group of people that are passionate about the urgent need Canada has for greener, more sustainable and affordable housing. Here, Don and his group have spent the last few years fleshing out the concepts into tangible reality.
The Eon system uses high strength architectural concrete as well as, cellular concrete, which is supplemented with state of the art additives will allow exposed surfaces, both inside and out. This imparts a level of durability, fire resistance, and sound proofing that is superior to standard concrete. A patented interlock system makes the building process easier and faster enabling cost advantages. Once the Eon System is installed, there are no more steps for completing the finished wall, which reduces building waste and cost even further.
Concrete staining is a fast growing segment of the concrete industry and may be used to suit the owner’s taste for a myriad of colours and wall finishes. Alternatively, a simple dry wall texture spray may be applied for a conventional look. So far, customers have preferred the untouched natural look of concrete, contrasting well with interior decoration for a modern eclectic appearance. The third layer of triple concrete protection is in the interior of the wall system.  Where possible, Eon uses its own “Eon-Crete Insulation™” which is a permanent cement-based insulation that has significant advantages over Insulations being used in homes today. This insulations performance is impressive but additionally it enhances fire and water proofing further yet. Since there are no chemicals used, there is nothing to convert into harmful gases in the event of heat or water, no rot or deterioration will take place either. The integrity of the entire structure is further assured to be maintenance free long into the future.
The prevalent concrete house building method of today is insulating concrete forms or ICFs and although it has advantages over standard wood frame construction, it has some major drawbacks as well. First, there is cost, typically, ICF homes run about 15% higher in cost than wood frame construction. Second, because traditional cladding both external and internal is still required, most of the same longevity, maintenance and durability issues still exist in the same manner in which they do with wood frame construction. Finally, these additional cladding steps create material waste. This is from scraps that are created when material is cut to size and made to fit the dimensions of the walls, windows and doors etc.. This typically amounts to about 10% of the material required to build the house and is widely thought of as a significant drain on resources that must be addressed.
The superiority of concrete over wood for building is now well established not only in the commercial world of high-rises’ but also in some of the most expensive home construction of today.  Eon believes, most people would be interested in an aesthetically beautiful, extremely energy efficient, longer lasting and safer home for their family, and at a price comparable to wood frame homes. Would you like to know more? Contact Eon today.

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