"Styrofoam House"

By KBJR News 1

August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 4:51 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

Styrofoam is one of the least earth–friendly materials you can use and dispose of.

But in this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson looks at a new, greener way of using this foam.
Imagine being able to build a house out of Styrofoam. While it may sound like strange idea at first, it can provide a significant amount of energy savings.

"Build with Enercept and you will save 60 percent of your energy costs forever", says Gus Gustofson the Project Coordinator.

Using this poly styrene foam between two pieces of plywood is a simple but effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.

"My house is 3500 square feet and my total energy costs are running around 50 dollars a month", said Gustofson.

Some other styles of insulation may become less effective over time due to the product settling or gas escaping.

Because the expanded poly–styrene has no enemies, the house will virtually last forever.

The way this house is built is that these panels are interlocking so the structure becomes one piece. The time for construction is also expedited, because each panel is numbered and you can just follow a blueprint to snap it together.

"We can go start to finish from a foundation slab, to completely done in four to six months," said Wayne Dahlberg with BDB Architects.

At this point, the majority of the foam is manufactured for this project.
But in the future Gus and Wayne hope to use more of a recycled poly–styrene foam to be even more earth friendly. In Two Harbors, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.