About Formworks Building
We are a family owned and operated business. We are committed to each and every one of our projects from start to finish. We work with our homeowners and the sub-contractors of their choice, throughout the design and construction processes to ensure that the end result is upheld to the highest standards. For many of us, a home is the largest investment that we will ever make. It is our belief that a home should create a safe place; both financially and physically. Our goal is, and will always be, to see our customers into their dream home. A beautiful, custom designed home, safe from natural disasters and rising energy costs. A place to be proudly called “home”.
Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. We naturally utilize solar and geothermal properties without the immense and ongoing expense of the physical systems. The key principle that gives earth-sheltered homes their utility and viability is thermal mass. The earth’s capacity to store heat for a long period of time is quite impressive. It is the ground’s thermal mass properties that explain the consistent warm-to-moderate temperatures we find when we move just a few feet down below the surface. The earth’s temperature fluctuates very little, allowing the home to hold a consistent, comfortable temperature year round. The house itself is the energy system. Windows are the collectors, roof, walls, and floor are the storage; and the earth is the protector and moderator. Little can go wrong in the functioning of such a simple system. Formworks structures are up to 90% more energy efficient than a conventional home built with today’s standards.
Safety from natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires, and earthquakes
Our structures are engineered for worst case scenario. Over the years, Formworks homes and commercial buildings have been exposed to the worst Mother Nature has to offer. We have never had any type of structural failure.
We participated in a simulated nuclear blast test at White Sands Missile Range under the sponsorship of Oakridge National Laboratory in 1987. Using the same structural system as our standard residences, the shelter, located only 670’ from ground zero, withstood an 8-kiloton blast with no damage. The results of this test demonstrate loud and clear that these structures can survive just about anything we can throw at it.
Earth-sheltered houses can cost less to insure because they offer extra protection against high winds, hailstorms, and natural disasters such as tornados and hurricanes.