Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 6, 2008
A new kind of home is taking shape in Ginn Reunion Resort, designed with energy efficiency and hurricane protection in mind.
Ashland Homes, based in Winter Park, Fla., is building a trio of two-story, 3,000 square-foot vacation residences in the luxury community using Greenblock insulated concrete form walls - foam formed concrete-filled walls that offer better insulation than traditional wood-frame or concrete-block constructed homes and can withstand hurricane-force winds.
The insulated concrete form walls can provide energy savings of up to 50 percent, are nearly sound-proof and are resistant to fire and termites. The seal-tight insulation created also offers better indoor air quality by keeping outside dirt and pollutants from working their way into a home. The materials do not support the growth of mold and mildew.
"We are quickly realizing the many additional green benefits of the Greenblock insulated concrete form walls," said Michael Nader, president of Ashland Homes. "The thermal resistance is so superior in Greenblock homes that we are working on developing a written two-year energy use guarantee for our homebuyers certifying that their cooling/heating energy use could be less than $50 per month."
While the three model homes are the first residences in Reunion to use insulated concrete form walls, Greenblock has constructed numerous structures throughout North America, including single-family residences, condominiums, towers and commercial structures during the 40 plus years the company has been in business.
"When completed, the Ashland Homes models will have all the luxury architectural details found within Reunion residences and will seamlessly blend into the community," said John Riddle, territory manager for Greenblock. "The most important detail that will set these homes apart from others in the neighborhood is their superior energy efficiency and storm resistance."
Manufactured by Greenblock Worldwide Corporation, based in Stuart, Fla., the insulated concrete forms lock together like giant Lego blocks, are reinforced with steel bars and filled with concrete. Unlike Styrofoam®, Greenblock insulated concrete form walls are environmentally-friendly, made of a recyclable foam that is free of chlorofluorocarbons which can deplete the earth's ozone layer.
The model homes, which open in Reunion's Patriots Landing neighborhood this fall, start at $499,000 and are among the most affordable environmentally-friendly homes on the market. Nearly five percent of homes being built in the U.S. today are using insulated concrete form walls, and that number is growing.
"Our primary buying market of vacation home owners, many of whom are overseas buyers, demand sustainable, energy efficient and structurally superior homes that offer comfort and peace of mind," Nader said. "We felt strongly that using Greenblock insulated concrete forms would offer a far greater value to the new home buyer than what they commonly see in the market today."
About Ashland Homes
Only a handful of home builders can stand the test of time, not for years but for generations. Ashland Homes (http://www.ashlandcompanies.com) has built a legacy of satisfied customers who appreciate the personal attention and the commitment to quality that a builder with local roots can offer. Among Ashland's recent completed projects is a 55-lot development in Volusia County's LPGA community offering a choice of seven models with every home located on the golf course, the water or a conservation area; The Greens at Westhaven, a combination of six gated communities located in Davenport, Florida, with 165 single-family homes; and more than 300 homes in such established communities as Bridgewater Crossing and Eagle's Ridge.
About Greenblock, Inc.
Greenblock Worldwide Corp (http://www.greenblock.com) is a manufacturer of Insulated Concrete Form wall systems for the residential and commercial building industries. With its roots in Europe over 40 years ago, today's Greenblock is an ICF Industry leader recognized for its outstanding design and ease of use. Over the years, a significant number of structures have been built with Greenblock, including projects that range from stem walls, basements, single and multi-story residences, apartments, condominiums, towers and even swimming pools. Government agencies, schools, commercial and light industrial companies are now recognizing the superior features of insulated concrete form-built structures and are beginning to utilize them for environmental, disaster resistance and energy conservation benefits.
About Ginn Reunion Resort
Ginn Reunion Resort (http://www.reunionresort.com) is a luxury golf resort in Orlando, Fla. that will feature up to 6,000 varied accommodations including single- and multi-family homes, condominiums and townhomes. Amenities include three signature golf courses, the Annika Academy, award-winning tennis, a boutique spa, a water park and state-of-the-art meeting space. Patriot's Landing is a neighborhood within Reunion featuring 187 home sites which offer single family, multi-bedroom homes with views of natural conservation areas, ponds or the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Homes in this neighborhood feature distinctive two-story island styling with balconies, verandahs and gabled elevations. Ginn Reunion Resort is developed, owned and operated by Ginn Development Company, LLC, of Celebration, Fla., a privately-held resort development and management firm specializing in exclusive leisure lifestyle and vacation destination communities throughout the United States and the Caribbean.