Friday, October 17, 2014

College of the Ozarks Tour of Pensmore 09-18-2014




College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian liberal-arts college, with its campus at Point Lookout near Branson and Hollister, Missouri, United States. It is 40 miles south of Springfield on a 1,000-acre campus, overlooking Lake Taneycomo.


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More On Pensmore:
The building, called Pensmore, promises to be one of the largest residential homes in the country when construction is completed — 72,000 square feet of living space that includes 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and enough amenities to entertain a small city.

But instead of appearing in New York or Florida, where lavish living requires no explanation, the mansion was built in a thickly wooded plot of land in Christian County, halfway between Springfield and Branson. The nearest major landmark is a cathedral that bills itself as the smallest in world.

“It’s really strange, and we’re thinking something’s up,” said Michele Grider, who lives just down the road. “If there was a nuclear thing they could hide a bunch of important people there.”
The owner, Steven T. Huff, 60, has heard all the “goofy speculation,” as he calls it. His background — he sold the company he founded that makes software for military and intelligence agencies to Textron several years ago — has encouraged the rumors. But he said that his current work prompted him to build such a large second home.

As a major investor and board chairman of TF Concrete Forming Systems, he wanted to demonstrate the viability of new concrete technology that he believes will lower energy consumption. The size of the building, which is significantly larger than the White House, partly reflects a desire to build at a commercial scale for testing purposes, he said. He adds that he plans to have many guests.

The house — officially a single-family residence — has been under construction for nearly two years, and a recently posted Web site shows its progress. There are probably another two years to go before it is completed, which has irritated some neighbors who say the work has disrupted the serenity of the area and has cut off what used to be prime hunting grounds. Mr. Huff would not reveal the cost. (Though the purchase price of the land is not public, Christian County records show the more than 500 acres, historically used for logging and grazing cattle, was appraised at just over $50,000.)

Mr. Huff, a longtime resident of Virginia, chose the site on Woods Fork Road because it is just hours from his boyhood home. Also, he said building in that part of the country would help him show how the technology handles both hot and cold weather and even tornadoes. Finally, there is another advantage — by locating in an area famous for a small government approach, he is not subject to building regulations or inspection, which he said would have complicated his efforts.

“We try not to be more intrusive than we have to,” said Todd Wiesehan, planning and zoning administrator for the county. He added that Mr. Huff had nevertheless invited some local officials to tour the construction site. “You don’t appreciate just how large it is until you drive up,” Mr. Wiesehan said. “It’s very, very big.”
 


Are you looking for Design & Building Flexibility? 
Reduced energy consumption? Greater safety? 

Then look at TransForm by TF Forming Systems and discover the all-in-one system that is revolutionizing the construction industry. 
TransForm is a revolutionary, new, lightweight, super-insulating concrete forming system that builds highly accurate, straight and true walls. 
Designed with four key features in mind, TransForm maximizes owner benefits with a safe, practical building process.

ENERGY CONSERVATION, DISASTER RESISTANCE, SUSTAINABILITY, CONSTRUCTION EFFICIENCY


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hurricane, Tornado and Wild Fire Resistant Homes

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Insulated Concrete Form Construction (ICF) homes are made using high density Styrofoam to form a cavity of six, eight, ten or twelve inches wide in which concrete is pumped or poured. The cavity also has steel reinforcing bars placed so that the resulting structure is similar to concrete bridges and over-passes in its ability to resist otherwise disastrous winds of tornado and hurricane strength.

The images in the slide show feature examples of Insulated Concrete Form homes that have remained standing after a tornado, hurricane, tidal wave, or wild fire.

Since the poured concrete completely fills the space between the Styrofoam forms, there is no place for water to enter and remain. The incidence of mold is greatly reduced in above and below grade ICF walls.

In addition, the Insulated Concrete Forms are highly insulating and along with the thermal mass of the concrete provide up to three times the energy performance of standard insulated wood stud walls. Less heat loss and more efficient cooling means greatly reduced energy bills.

The use of exterior Insulated Concrete Form walls also significantly reduces the amount of noise entering the home from the outside world. Loud lawn mowers, sirens, truck traffic and other sources of noise are greatly muffled, often to the point of being totally unrecognizable inside the home.


Natural Disasters : 


Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes

TF Insulated Concrete Form walls stand where other building system walls may not. 
TF Forming Systems partnered with Convoy of Hope to not only help rebuild Joplin, but rebuild Joplin better. We have built homes for displaced residents who lost everything in the EF5 tornado in 2011 using our ThermoForm - Insulated Concrete Form. The concrete walls are built to withstand 250 mph winds and protect from flying debris while the rigid foam insulation can lower utility bills throughout the year.

TF is currently working to rebuild in Moore, OK, a city destroyed by a tornado.


To learn more about what the concrete industry and government officials are doing to instill better building practices that will keep people safe, read this article about Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2013



Benefits of Concrete Wall Construction
Concrete is resistant to hurricanes, tornadoes, and high winds. Following Hurricane Katrina, a house still in the building phase using insulating concrete forms was the sole house left standing in a Pass Christian, MS, neighborhood (photo to the right).  
Disaster Investigators have learned from previous hurricanes that:


  • Wood frame walls performed poorly unless well designed and constructed
  • Loads on building components and connections are significantly increased when the envelope is breached by high wind or flying debris. Concrete wall systems appeared to resist breaching as well, if not better, than other wall systems.
Debris driven by high winds presents the greatest hazard to homeowners and their homes during hurricanes and tornados. Tests show that concrete wall systems suffer no structural damage when impacted by debris carried by hurricane and tornado-force winds.

As a means to prove just how robust concrete walls are to wind-blown debris, the Portland Cement Association, in conjunction with Texas Tech University, tested concrete wall systems by shooting 2x4s out of a wind cannon at speeds in excess of 100mph. In all instances, the insulating concrete form wall shattered the wood studs, while the 2x4s easily passed through the frame wall with little resistance.

The TransForm and ThermoForm concrete forming systems are the best solutions to protect your family from hurricanes, tornadoes and high winds. Choose the TransForm or ThermoForm Concrete Forming System as the only solution to extreme weather and natural disasters.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Are you looking to Build Off The Grid? ASK PAUL LAIS HOW!




So you wont to build Off The Grid? 
Ask Paul Lais about how building with TF Forming Systems can help.
Contact Us Today. Call: Paul Lais - 920-309-0327
Tell them that Buddy said to CALL and Ask for the Buddy Deal! 


TF Forming Systems. We are more than an Insulated Concrete
Form (ICF) company.  We are pioneers in resilient building. 
A variety of exciting new technologies allow Pensmore to dramatically cut energy costs without sacrificing practicality.



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Pensmore’s heating system utilizes a cutting-edge technique for harvesting solar heat energy that exploits the vast energy storage potential of its steel reinforced TransForm concrete shell. Many builders already make use of traditional solar heat collectors, which are highly efficient at moderate temperatures. But until now, it has been expensive and impractical to "bank" the excess solar heat generated on sunnier days. Pensmore's newly-developed technologies enable it to store millions of BTUs of thermal energy while the sun shines, slowly releasing this "green" heat back into the interior at night and during cloudy days.

Secondary sources of heat include combustion of wood products grown on the estate (net carbon neutral) and "conventional" geothermal systems.

Similarly, Pensmore’s cooling system will make use of a unique technology that is both innovative and practical. We will be releasing more detailed information on the heating, cooling, and air conditioning systems in the future, so check back for updates as the chateau approaches completion.

Sustainability means more than just energy efficiency. It also means minimizing total life-cycle costs through low and zero-maintenance materials, and reduced use of non-renewable products during construction. Perhaps one of the biggest environmental advantages of Pensmore is its inherent durability. Designed to endure for centuries, the chateau will leave a minimum impact on the environment while other structures are built, demolished and built again and again.

Pensmore relies on the following systems and technologies: •TransForm: super-insulated energy-storing concrete forming system •Solar thermal heat collectors •Geo-thermal •Radiant heating and cooling •Advanced climate control software •Rainwater collection •Helix steel fibers
Are you looking for Design & Building Flexibility? 
Reduced energy consumption? Greater safety? 

TF Forming Systems Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) company. Call Paul Lais ; 920-309-0327

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Call: Paul Lais - 920-309-0327



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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pittsburg State University Tour Of Chateau Pensmore



Pittsburg State University Tour
Of Chateau Pensmore

Pittsburg State University • 1701 Broadway Street •
Pittsburg, KS 66762 • (620) 231-7000

Pitt State is a campus of 7,400+ students where the student to faculty ratio is 18:1, and students can choose from over 100 academic programs. Within six months of graduation, approx. 80% of graduates are either gainfully employed or in advanced studies.

Construction Management

Construction Class Demonstration The program begins with a laboratory approach to construction materials and methods education then proceeds through appropriate laboratory and construction  project management and engineering coursework. Students select one of the following areas of emphasis to complement the construction and general education courses:

Building Information Modeling (BIM) - Civil Construction - Company Management
Field Management - Residential Construction - Safety Management


#BeAGorilla @ Pittsburg State University!

 About: TF University

TF Forming Systems has been in the insulated concrete wall business for more than 16 years. We are the inventors of the industry's original VERTICAL ICF, showing our drive to pioneer the industry toward better building materials and practices.

We are consistently striving to offer innovative, revolutionary products that make building easier, faster, better and affordable for the builder and end-user. One way to achieve this is by training builders and contractors on the most effective and efficient methods for installing our systems. We carefully select our installers and spend time with them in the field to ensure both their success and ours.
At TF, we offer TF University - a series of installation training seminars that are designed to meet the needs of the builder. We offer half and full day classes throughout the country, all year long.

If you are interested in expanding your product offering, increasing your customer base and build more responsibly, call us today.

"The seminar covered the subject in great detail - good job!" 

- Habitat for Humanity attendee 


"Thanks alot! I can't wait to find land and get a blueprint and begin building!" 

- Homeowner attendee 


"TF has an exceptional staff of employees. 
Their experience is extraordinary." 

- Contractor 


 "I always pick up a few good tips each year!"

- Contractor/Installer









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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pensmore’s cooling system will make use of a unique technology

Sustainability
A variety of exciting new technologies allow Pensmore to dramatically cut energy costs without sacrificing practicality.
Pensmore’s heating system utilizes a cutting-edge technique for harvesting solar heat energy that exploits the vast energy storage potential of its steel reinforced TransForm concrete shell. Many builders already make use of traditional solar heat collectors, which are highly efficient at moderate temperatures. But until now, it has been expensive and impractical to "bank" the excess solar heat generated on sunnier days. Pensmore's newly-developed technologies enable it to store millions of BTUs of thermal energy while the sun shines, slowly releasing this "green" heat back into the interior at night and during cloudy days.
Secondary sources of heat include combustion of wood products grown on the estate (net carbon neutral) and "conventional" geothermal systems.
Similarly, Pensmore’s cooling system will make use of a unique technology that is both innovative and practical. We will be releasing more detailed information on the heating, cooling, and air conditioning systems in the future, so check back for updates as the chateau approaches completion.
Sustainability means more than just energy efficiency. It also means minimizing total life-cycle costs through low and zero-maintenance materials, and reduced use of non-renewable products during construction. Perhaps one of the biggest environmental advantages of Pensmore is its inherent durability. Designed to endure for centuries, the chateau will leave a minimum impact on the environment while other structures are built, demolished and built again and again.
Pensmore relies on the following systems and technologies:
    •TransForm: super-insulated energy-storing concrete forming system
    •Solar thermal heat collectors
    •Geo-thermal
    •Radiant heating and cooling
    •Advanced climate control software
    •Rainwater collection
    •Helix steel fibers

Are you looking for Design & Building Flexibility?  

Reduced energy consumption? Greater safety? 

Building Pensmore: Select individuals and companies have come together in collaboration to bring this living laboratory to life. On this page you will find information about these individuals and companies, and the roles they play in building Pensmore.
CORE TECHNOLOGIES
TF Forming Systemsdeveloped and manufactures the TransForm super-insulating energy storing concrete forming system that is used to form the structural components of Pensmore. TransForm results in very straight and true walls of incredible strength.
Helix: The TF forming system can utilize any type of concrete and reinforcement. For Pensmore we use a combination of conventional steel rebar and Helix, a unique ultra-high performance steel fiber from Polytorx. Helix reinforces in all directions and makes the concrete much stronger and more elastic.
Country Home Elevator and Stair Lift is the provider and installer of the Symmetry Elevating System elevators located throughout Pensmore.
We have Selected the In-Line Gear Drive for the Energy Efficient counter Weight VVVF drive. The Symmetry System is low maintenance and easy to service. The reduced foot print allows for a small machine space for the Controller.

Country Home Elevator & Stair Lift Associates are excited to begin this leading edge project.
1549 E. 559th Road Brighton, Mo. 65617 866-638-5438 
Meek's The Builder's Choice is Pensmore's preferred source for building materials. We turn to Meek's to supply Andersen windows, roof LVLs, shingles, and more because of the personal attention they provide. We also utilize the unique tools at their one-of-a-kind design center.  
Meek's has many locations in the Midwest. You can find your nearest Meek's online here.

Andersen Corporation is the selected manufacturer of windows and doors for Pensmore. The developers chose products with Stormwatch® protectionand SmartSun™. Specifically designed for coastal applications, windows with Stormwatch® provide added weather and security protection24/7. SmartSun™ blocks 95 percent of UV light, which can be instrumental in reducing energy consumption and reduce fading of interiors. This combination provides a window and door solution that is both disaster resistant and energy efficient.

Comfort Design Inc.collaborates with Pensmore on its unique HVAC system.
CDi is located in Winchester, Virginia. They can be reached at their office line in Winchester at:  (540) 665-2846.
City Wide Concrete is the Ready Mix plant that supplied the concrete for our TransForm walls. City Wide adds Helix steel fibers at the plant. Superplasticizers allow a very strong but highly pumpable mix.Vulcraft supplied the steel joists and pan used to support the concrete deck floors of Pensmore.Deville Steel supplied rebar and various steel components including beams and bearing plates.












TF Forming Systems Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) company. Call Paul Lais ; 920-309-0327

Michael J. Schlueter, Guardian Building Systems LLC 


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