Man Builds Styrofoam House

A Spokane, Washington man says he can cut his energy bill in half by building what you could say is a large Styrofoam cup.

David Briggs is almost ready to move into his six thousand square foot Styrofoam home. The Styrofoam blocks are put together and filled with concrete. Amvic is the company that makes the Styrofoam building blocks.

It says the material reduces emissions and helps save trees.

Contractor Joe Wallace agrees, saying Styrofoam is getting an environmentally friendly image.

Wallace said, "You're using a product that, usually, would just get thrown away, anyway, so we're being able to utilize the product into a structure that is gonna be a 200-year, at least, structure."

Wallace said, "What we're working on now is a zero-energy house."

Briggs says his monthly bill will stay around $100.

Briggs added, "Energy prices aren't coming down.”

“We'll get rebates and a tax break on it from the government, as well, and by the time I get all that done it should be about five percent more."

"And we'll reap the rewards along the way."


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  • by Liz Location: Tallahassee on Oct 9, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    i love this idea....the cost for utilities in crazy.
  • by rob w Location: tallahassee on Oct 9, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    This is nothing new...it has been done for over 10 years and now just catching on because of the corrupt electric companies. The R-value is overwhelming... In south Florida, these houses were becoming common place and its nice to see that the south is catching on...(the south ends at Ocala)
  • by Frankie Location: WHS on Oct 5, 2007 at 07:38 AM
    this is the coolest thing ever!!!
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