Omnicrete

Q & A

QUESTIONS
  1. Why Does Your Wall System NOT BREATHE? I Heard That Could Cause Mold?
  2. What is The Secret Behind The Massive Energy Savings of The Omnicrete System?
  3. What Makes Omnicrete Better Than Other Systems?
  4. What about Indoor Air Quality?
  5. I’m a Builder – Why Should I Choose an Omnicrete Distributorship?
  6. Why is Omnicrete the Greenest Construction System in the World?
  7. What is AAC?
  8. If AAC is so good why not just use AAC Instead of Omnicrete?
  9. Is the Omnicrete process Patented?
  10. What is Green Building?
  11. What are the Economic Benefits of Building Green?
  12. What is Sustainability ?
  13. What is LEED Design?
  14. What is Carbon Footprint?
  15. What about Fire Resistance?
  16. What about Termite Resistance?
  17. What about Mold and Moisture Resistance?
  18. How is Omnicrete Eco Friendly?
  19. What is Off Gassing?
  20. How is Omnicrete the Strongest System?
  21. What’s the difference between Organic and Inorganic Materials?
  22. What are the Benefits to the Occupants of an Omnicrete Building?
  23. Does your system have Material Safety Data Sheets?

Omnicrete was invented, and is marketed in America by an American!

Omnicrete is invented, made and sold in America.

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INGENIOUS INVENTION – MOLD / ENERGY EFFICIENCY ISSUES SOLVED

THE SECRET BEHIND THE INVENTION

The extreme energy savings of the Omnicrete system resides in the tightness of the wall and roof. The secret of the thermal benefit of the Omnicrete system is that our walls DO NOT freely breathe. 99.9% of all builders and engineers will preach on breathe ability of the wall; that the wall MUST breathe to prevent mold and moisture problems. That is 180 degrees off base. In fact, free breathe ability is what CAUSES moisture problems and mold.

When air travels through the wall of most building systems it brings with it moisture (AAC claims high “breathe ability”); in fact, as most people understand water (H2Ois part of air (Hydrogen and Oxygen are major components of air). In Florida, and any moist climate, air contains extreme amounts of moisture. One of the principal features of an air condition system is to flow untreated moist air across cool tubes causing the air to drop a great portion of its moisture because cooler air cannot hold heavy amounts of moisture.

The same principal is true with air freely coming through the wall from the outside of a building. When the hot moist air travels through the wall the closer it gets to the cool air inside the home the more moisture is dropped (condensation). After months of moisture buildup against the backside of the drywall the process of mold begins. However Omnicrete blocks the mold and keeps the hot air and moisture in air away from the “cool” part of the wall and prevents any mold or moisture issues. Actually the AAC outer wall “breathes” and allows any potential moisture to escape back out to the outside of the building. As water seeks its own level so does excessively moist condensed air seeks to balance to the outside dryer air; even though the outside air contains high amounts of water as vapor it is less moist then the actual water inside the AAC outer wall.

At this point of the explanation, almost everyone says that if fresh air is not introduced into the building moisture will build up due to people adding moisture from their breath and a number of other factors. They would be absolutely correct in that assumption. So what Omnicrete does to keep the air fresh and dry in its building is to properly control and treat the air being exchanged through a ventilated air conditioning system. From 10% to 30% of air circulating through the air conditioning system gets “exchanged” to the outside. The incoming air runs through an air exchange filtration unit which filters pollen and other particulates from the fresh oxygenated air and then the air goes directly into the“mixture” box of the air conditioning system for the removal of moisture.
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What Makes Omnicrete Better Than Other Systems?

First of all lets examine what is important in todays’ world. Let’s look at money which is the fundamental driving force behind most of the decisions we make over our lifetimes. What could be more cost effective than saving 75% of the energy we pay to heat and cool our homes? The cost of energy in the current and long range outlook looks bleak at best. This forecast of increasing cost of heating and cooling is going to put stress on all of our personal finances. As the cost increases so does the savings when building with Omnicrete. So if your “on the fence” making a decision to build with Omnicrete just wait a year or so when the heating and cooling costs go from an average of $400.00 per month to $1,000.00 per month. Remember we are talking about lowering the cost of heating and cooling by 75% so the higher the cost the greater the savings for choosing Omnicrete. The real question is how much waste needs to be put on your plate for you to take action and choose the systems that will substantially make a difference in your personal finances.

Let’s not over look the lower cost of maintenance with using Omnicrete and savings of insurance premiums which will have another significant impact on the families financial budget.

The second most important issue we address during our live times is the protections of ourselves and our loved ones. If 300+ mph wind resistance is not good enough what is? What about the protection of health of ourselves and our loved ones. Omnicrete uses no organics and has zero mold and moisture issues inside our buildings unlike all other types of conventional (Block / Wood) and unconventional (SIP / ICF / Adobe, Etc.) construction processes have.

Fire is another issue in the protection of ourselves and our loved ones. Omnicrete has over a 10 hour fire rating on the exterior walls and 4 hours on the interior walls. All other conventional systems are 2 hours at best.

The bottom line is that given all major issues with construction today Omnicrete stands way ahead of all conventional and unconventional methods of construction. We are the preferred choice.

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What about Indoor Air Quality?

An additional quality contributing to the sustainability of a building system is its ability to reduce and absorb noise or to improve or maintain indoor air quality. Due to its millions of independent air cells in the Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) stay in place forming walls, which dampen sound transmission, AAC has excellent sound insulation and absorption qualities. Moreover, because Omnicrete construction has NO air infiltration and is 100% mold resistant, indoor air quality of Omnicrete structures is greatly improved relative to competitors. Also Omnicrete’s tri-wall system’s performance as both a structural and insulation material also eliminates the need for other materials (like fiberglass insulation) that may contribute to poor indoor air quality.

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Why Should I Choose an Omnicrete Distributorship?

Omnicrete has the most unsurpassed system within the best market ever! Through all diversity comes benefit for some. The greatest disaster for some yields the best benefit to others. Donald Trump stated many times that he made his best financial advances in diverse markets within diverse times.

With gas and fuel prices where they are now and the Green movement getting traction in everyone’s mind, timing has never been better for Omnicrete to surge ahead in market dominance. Where can anyone find a better opportunity to solve all of the issues of building and at the same time save energy and utilizing the “greenest” system ever developed; anywhere at any time? Where could there be a better marketing potential? This is the time and Omnicrete is the solution!

Not only are we talking about safe, eco friendly, environmentally sensitive construction for the end user but for the distributors of Omnicrete, the general contractors and sub contractors as well. The business model for the Omnicrete distributors have opportunity for a safe, solid, honest and predicable business model that will last for decades and generations to come.

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Why is Omnicrete The Greenest Construction System?

Every product used in the Omnicrete process is inorganic from sustainable sources such as sand, concrete and stone. Fascia and soffits on the outside of the home are made from Hardi-Board which is a concrete composite material. Right down to the interior finishes; no drywall is used on the interior wall like all other building systems do today.

We live by our motto that Omnicrete’s mission is to leave as little a carbon foot print as possible not only in the construction of our buildings but the maintenance and utilities of those buildings throughout their useful lives and during their destruction and useful life of where the materials are used after they no longer are part of the building that Omnicrete built hundreds of years later. We are talking less carbon foot print from gathering the raw materials to the transportation to the job site, the assembling of those raw materials into a building, then later the destruction of the building, the separation of materials, the transportation of those materials to their new place of use, etc.

To get specific as to why Omnicrete is “Green” please read each page of this specialty web site especially the questions and answer page; there is insightful information throughout his web site researched from other sites and links to important information on this and other web sites; enjoy.

After doing diligence anyone will come up with the conclusion that nothing could be environmentally greener than Omnicrete; period!

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What is AAC?

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is an amazing discovery that came from Germany in the early part of the twentieth century. AAC was developed and patented by Swedish architect Johan Axel Eriksson in 1924. Mr. Eriksson was looking for a building material, with the positive properties of wood and its inherently good thermal insulation, solid structure and ease of use, but without the disadvantages of woods’ combustibility and ultimate decay. Eventually he succeeded in producing a highly cellular, lightweight material made from quartzite , lime and water, that’s AAC.

These materials, found in nearly unlimited quantities all over the world, are processed to obtain a building material with a large number of air pores (aerated concrete). It is precisely these pores plus the solid structure of calcium silicate hydrates, which gives AAC its exceptional product properties: excellent thermal insulation against high and low temperatures, universal applications and efficient construction properties, that save labor, time and energy.

Environmentally friendly and energy-conserving, AAC meets all the requirements of our modern age. Absolutely no pollutants or hazardous waste are generated in the process and there is no wastage of precious raw materials. The low temperature steam curing process also saves energy and the thermal energy is recovered during the process for maximum efficiency. Production trimmings are recycled back into the next batch creating an ideal environmentally safe production process.

Today, scores of companies manufacture AAC type material worldwide, while enjoying the seemingly endless supply and abundant availability.

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If AAC is so good why not just use AAC instead of Omnicrete?

This would be the obvious conclusion if one is looking “on the surface” and not thinking too deeply. But lets look closer to the differences between the Omnicrete tri-wall sandwich system and a one wall AAC system.

Structural Issues – One of the most fantastic features of AAC is its insulated and acoustical abilities due to the tiny air pockets created evenly throughout the product during the manufacturing process. In fact, the real bottom line is that the AAC finished product is as low as 1/3 concrete and as high as 2/3 air. That being the case it would not take the genius of a rocket scientist applying deductive reasoning to determine that the structural integrity has been compromised by placing tiny air pockets in the product to the extent of 3 times the concrete mass. The can’t have it both ways; if mass decreases by 66.7% structural capacity has to be decreased by 66.7%. If one researches all the AAC web sites extensively they would find that the AAC industry touts it structural strength. So is Omnicrete wrong or are all the experts of the AAC process stretching the truth? The real truth is that in order to achieve a code compliant structural capacity such as in large panels that are used for large retail stores like BJ’s, Sam’s Wholesale Clubs and warehouses, steel is placed inside the panels during the manufacturing process. This achieves the structural integrity but the panels need to be ordered and delivered to the job site in perfect measurements since size and window and door openings would be very expensive and depending on the adjustment may be impossible and at the job site. Residential construction is not suitable for AAC panels since there are so many window, door openings and cuts and angles in walls. In residential applications using only AAC the product is delivered to the job site in non reinforced blocks normally 8 inches thick; 16 inches long and 8 inches high. These blocks have large holes in the end of each block. Sometimes holes are drilled in the blocks at the job site. This is very expensive and time consuming. These holes accommodate vertical steel reinforcement rods so that the wall has structural strength after concrete is poured around the rebar. On two and more stories applications the AAC wall needs to be supported by placing columns every eight to twelve feet (depending on the specific engineering specifications). Where the columns are there is zero insulation, moisture protection and acoustical protection. Unprotected solid concrete loves moisture and it has almost zero energy protection. Labor is increased in this method matching the holes in the blocks to accommodate the vertical rebar. Additional structural strength is gained by applying “U” blocks that is used for the placement of horizontal reinforcement rods in the wall usually at 4 feet and another on top of the wall. The “U” block is very thin and again decreases the benefits of using AAC in the first place. So between the vertical holes running from the slab to the top of the wall (every 5 to 7 feet) and filled with poured concrete around the rebar and completely around the exterior walls on the 2 horizontal “U” blocks and filled with concrete with poured concrete around the placed rebar a lot of the benefits of AAC are diminished in the complete AAC wall system just in order to achieve proper structural strength. In the Omnicrete process all the vertical and horizontal rebar is placed in the core and tied together as a web and then the concrete is poured all at once in the center core between the two stay-in-place forming walls. Omnicrete does not require holes in the AAC blocks and spend countless hours matching up holes and trying to cut an 8 inch AAC block on a table saw perfectly square keeping the joint between each block. Keep in mind that laying AAC does not use a 1/4 inch mortar joint but rather an 1/8 inch or less joint so cuts have to be perfect; a hard task when cutting an 8 inch block. Omnicrete’s blocks are only 4 inches thick and does not have to be cut around rebar; just laid on both sides of the rebar.

Moisture and Mold Issues – Here is another point of misinformation issued by some AAC industry professionals. Many say that moisture barriers that Omnicrete uses are not needed and most AAC professionals will state that positive pressure inside buildings will force the inside dry air through the wall and force moisture and air out through the exterior wall. A few principals of physics are missing here. First of all, if doors and windows were perfectly air tight and the interior of the home was an air compressor this principal may be feasible. Consider the code required bathroom ventilation systems or commonly referred to as “fart fans”. This represents a 4 inch wide conduit to the outside of the home. Therefore if there are 2 or 3 bathrooms in a home any “pressure” caused by the A/C unit would be forced up through the vent pipe and out the roof. Also consider that the A/C unit pulls air FROM the inside TO the inside; exactly how could that cause “pressure” build up? Air from inside a closed space is circulated through an A/C system would not increase pressure inside the same concealed space. Moreover if a true “ventilation” system was being used, the A/C system would blow the same amount of air out that it brought in and therefore pressure would not be building up as the “experts” claim. We are talking about common 5th grade physics and physical laws of nature not deep rooted theory. Also, if the “experts” were correct and pressure did build up, consider how much pressure it would take to “press” air through paint, spackling compound, drywall, 1/2 inch of insulation board which by the way, is a vapor barrier and air can’t pass through anyway, 8 inches of AAC, 3/4 inches of stucco and one to two coats of exterior paint? A note of physics here also; in order for air to go out of a confined area like the air inside of a building (air must come in from somewhere) or a vacuum effect will prevail. Also, the first time a door is opened the pressure created by the A/C system will be immediately neutralized. The Omnicrete tri-wall sandwich system has two moisture barriers between the poured concrete and the outer AAC stay-in-place forming wall totally keeping air and moisture and all unclean outside air completely sealed out. Proper ventilation is used through the A/C unit which filters the outside air from impurities and humidity before it enters the building. AAC used conventional drywall which is partly organic. The moisture coming through the AAC walls will eventually cause dampness on the backside of the drywall and over a period of time will mold. Mold needs organic material (dead trees/paper) dampness and a dark sealed environment to grow. Omnicrete uses plaster on their interior walls and never uses drywall which allows off gases which is not environmental friendly and down right unhealthy for the occupants of the building. So the bottom line is that Omnicrete wall is completely dry with no organics and hence no mold; period.

Cost – Many cost issues were alluded to in 1 and 2 above. It is much easier pouring a complete monolithic cavity then to pour down a small hold many times and twice in a “U” block. Plus Omnicrete does not use furring strips and drywall which saves time and money.

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Is the Omnicrete Process Patented?

A United States Patent was approved on March 18, 2003 in the name of “SOLID MONOLITHIC CONCRETE INSULATED WALL SYSTEM”, Patent # US 6,532,710 B2. Inventor and Patent Holder Leonard R. Terry.

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What is Green Building?

A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment.

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design construction, operation, maintenance, and removal — the complete building life cycle.

A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally. Other commonly used terms include sustainable design and green architecture.

The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to 1) reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, 2) improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and 3) reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect. Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and its surrounding natural and built environment, although the appearance and style of sustainable buildings is not necessarily distinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.

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What are the Economic Benefits of Building Green?

A green building may cost more up front, but saves through lower operating costs over the life of the building especially when building with Omnicrete and enjoying a 75% savings of your heating and cooling costs. The green building approach applies a project life cycle cost analysis for determining the appropriate up-front expenditure. This analytical method calculates costs over the useful life of the asset.

These and other cost savings can only be fully realized when they are incorporated at the project’s conceptual design phase with the assistance of an integrated team of professionals. The integrated systems approach ensures that the building is designed as one system rather than a collection of stand-alone systems.

Some benefits, such as improving occupant health, comfort, productivity, reducing pollution and landfill waste are not easily quantified. Consequently, they are not adequately considered in cost analysis. For this reason, consider setting aside a small portion of the building budget to cover differential costs associated with less tangible green building benefits or to cover the cost of researching and analyzing green building options.

Even with a tight budget, many green building measures can be incorporated with minimal or zero increased up-front costs and they can yield enormous especially when building with Omnicrete.

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What is Sustainability

Sustainability means many things to many people but here at Omnicrete we believe Sustainability means a building created with durable and long lasting products, and that provides a more healthy indoor environment for its inhabitants. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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What is LEED Design?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass over 14,000 projects in 50 US States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km²) of development area. The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by the LEED committees are publicly reviewed for approval by the more than 10,000 membership organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.

Individuals recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system are permitted to use the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) acronym after their name, indicating they have passed the accreditation exam given by the USGBC.

LEED certification is obtained after submitting an application documenting compliance with the requirements of the rating system as well as paying registration and certification fees. Certification is granted solely by the Green Building Council responsible for issuing the LEED system used on the project.

Reference Cited: Most information above was received directly or indirectly for the USGBC.com web site.

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What is Carbon Footprint?

The materials used in the Omnicrete process generates the smallest Carbon Footprint as compared to wood, block and Styrofoam ICF wall systems. For example the energy consumed and the consequence of expending fossil fuels to cut down trees and cut the wood in a manufacturing facility and then deliver the wood to a job site is far more extensive and leaves a greater carbon foot print then does the process of constructing within the Omnicrete process. The ICF system uses Polystyrene as a building product that’s intention is to save energy. Since Polystyrene is a petroleum based product the concept of using it is at best an oxymoron. How non green can a system be. ICF’s brag about being “Green” and use a petroleum based product in it construction process. Similar to this concept is block and wood construction that use wood and plastics through out its construction process. How ridiculous can the world become when HGTV and the USGBC promote Green building showing an ICF, Wood or Block construction.

Let’s get real; building with Omnicrete yields a system that maximizes green points and uses ALL Green materials and offers Maximum Sustainable LEED Points and saves 75% energy on heating and cooling costs (what’s greener than that)!

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What about Fire Resistance?

The exterior and interior stay in place forming wall are made from AAC which has a one hour per inch fire rating. Since each AAC wall is 4 inches that totals 8 inches of AAC for both walls. AAC is the most fire resistant construction material used today worldwide. The solid core is solid steel reinforced concrete is estimated by Omnicrete management to be another 2 hours for the 5.5 inches of concrete. That totals 10 hour fire rating. Nothing come even close to this anywhere, anytime. Here is an interesting video showing the massive and impressive fire resistance of AAC. Keep in mind that AAC is only part of the wall materials used in the Omnicrete process. AAC is the best building material ever invented but it is made much more beneficial when used in the Omnicrete process. Below is an excellent description of the AAC material:

Autoclaved aerated concrete provides the highest security against fire and meets the most stringent fire safety requirements. Due to its purely mineral composition, AAC is classified as a non-combustible building material. It is both resistant to fire up to 1200°C and, unlike other construction materials, heat-resistant.

AAC can thus be used as a fire wall to prevent fire from spreading, thereby protecting lives and economic assets. In principle a fire wall should last up to four hours but tests have shown that an AAC fire wall just 150 mm thick can resist at least for six hours. In a real blaze, an AAC fire wall even survived intact for 120 hours.

Small wonder, then, that AAC is used in fire safety tests as a building material for kilns to measure the fire resistance properties of other construction products. Or that some insurance companies offer reductions in fire premiums for buildings equipped with AAC fire walls.

In addition to internal fire walls, constructing outer walls of AAC contributes significantly to fire safety since most blazes start outside buildings.

Besides being fire- and heat-resistant, AAC does not give off any smoke or toxic gases, which can endanger human life more than fire itself.

AAC manufacturers make it their business to collaborate closely with researchers, architects, fire departments and insurance companies in order to maximise AAC’s contribution to fire safety.

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What about Termite Resistance?

Since both stay-in-place forming walls are made from AAC (which is totally Termite Resistance) and the center core is solid steel reinforced concrete Omnicrete is 100% Termite proof in that termites have no reason to be in the wall system because there isn’t wet organic matter in the wall materials.

Additionally no wood is placed around doors and windows as in all other types of conventional and non-conventional construction. Termites feed on rotting wet wood; in the event the wood is not wet and rotting the termites have the ability to bring moisture into the area. Once the wood (cellulose) is wet the Termites have a feast. If you don’t use Omnicrete you will need to spray toxic spray to prevent termite from entering your home and that is not healthy for your family.

Termites cause millions of dollars of damage every year to all types of buildings. Because AAC is impenetrable by insects and impervious to attack by insects and termites, it eliminates this risk, saving potentially tens of thousands of dollars in termite control and repair costs. With the Omnicrete process involved the benefits are intensified.

Simply put in an Omnicrete wall system there is no lunch for the termites to feast on. No food; no termites. It’s as simple as that!

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What about Mold and Moisture Resistance?

One of the secrets of the Omnicrete system is the complete elimination of mold. Omnicrete tri-wall Sandwich exterior wall allows the workers an opportunity to place two moisture barriers inside the center of the exterior wall. The proprietary secrets of the system contains a way to completely keep water and vapor to the outside of the outer AAC wall. No wall system conventional or non-conventional is dryer and inorganic than Omnicrete. Mold is possible with organic material and moisture in a dark place. Omnicrete is completely inorganic and dry; no chance for mold.

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How is Omnicrete Eco Friendly?

Eco-friendly, or ecological, construction is building a structure that is beneficial or non-harmful to the environment, and resource efficient. Otherwise known as green building, this type of construction is efficient in its use of local and renewable materials, and in the energy required to build it, and the energy generated while being within it.

Eco-friendly construction has developed in response to the knowledge that buildings have an often negative impact upon our environment and our natural resources. This includes transporting materials hundreds or thousands of miles, which has a negative impact in the energy required to transport them, and also in emissions of hazardous chemicals from a poorly designed building that creates, and traps them.

Since most materials used in the Omnicrete process are local to the job sites (ie; sand, stone, AAC, etc.) and inorganic the earth is not harmed by construction activities and occupying the building. Other types of construction such as wood, drywall, polystyrene, metal are very harmful to our environment in many direct and indirect ways.

Omnicrete is by far the MOST Eco Friendly system ever to enter the world construction industry. How block, wood, SIP’s and ICF’s are non Eco Friendly will be forthcoming within the next several weeks as an expansion of this article.

Time does not permit expansion on this most important topic at this time. Many areas of this web site alludes to the destructive nature of conventional and non conventional construction methods that are main stream and acceptable methods of construction used today. These items are issues that most builders do not want the consumer to be aware of; Stay tuned…

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What is Off Gassing?

Off gassing is the evaporation of volatile chemicals in non-metallic materials at normal atmospheric pressure. This means that building materials can release chemicals into the air through evaporation. This evaporation can continue for years after the products are initially installed which means you continue to breathe these chemicals as you work, sleep and relax in your home or office. In short, AAC which is the surface on the interior and exterior has no volatile organic compounds.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals which can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.

EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s “Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study” (Volumes I through IV, completed in 1985) found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. TEAM studies indicated that while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.

Materials such as paints, stains, varnishes, carpet, insulation, flooring, kitchen cabinets and counter tops, plywood, particleboard, and paint strippers can produce significant off gassing in your home or office. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns about the health effects of poor Indoor Air Quality from the off gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Everyone knows how bad most paints stains and varnishes smell; your instincts probably tell you the fumes are bad for you. Much of those fumes are from VOCs. But there are VOCs in less obvious products. For example, that film that accumulates on the windows on a new car. This film is the result of chemicals off gassing into the air and then condensing onto the windows to form the film. This same process is very likely going on in your home and workplace right now, and the chemicals are not only in the air and on the windows, they are in your lungs. Have you ever noticed how hard you have to rub to get that film off your windows?

Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system, to name just a few, are some of the problems caused by VOCs. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.

The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly toxic, to those with no known health effect. As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to some organics. At present, not much is known about what health effects occur from the levels of organics usually found in homes. Many organic compounds are known to cause cancer in animals; some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans.

It is quite disturbing with what information that is available today on the internet that consumers would purchase products like ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) building systems which are manufactured out of Polystyrene (fuel oil). This system is very dangerous especially for people who have chemically sensitive anomalies. It flies in the face of common sense to build an energy efficient off gassing VOC home especially when they are built from “number 2 diesel fuel” you can’t get more VOC than that.

Omnicrete is very careful of all materials used in the process being sure inorganic non-off gassing materials are used. All other systems use drywall, wood and glues all of which off gas.

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How is Omnicrete the Strongest System?

Eight inches of AAC has been tested at 190 miles per hour wind resistance. The solid steel reinforced concrete center core in the exterior Omnicrete wall is estimated to be 250 miles per hour resistant. Since the Omnicrete tri-wall sandwich system contains eight inches (2 four inch forming walls) of AAC connected to a 5.5 inch of solid steel reinforced concrete core it would be conservative to assume that the Omnicrete wall system will hold up against any hurricane or tornado that will ever occur. That’s safe!

Additionally, the way all other materials are connected such as the roof and flooring to the Omnicrete’s exterior wall is far superior than any other system ever developed.

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What is the difference between Organic & Inorganic Materials:

First understand that if you can eat a substance “Organic” is good. If you can’t eat a substance “Organic” is bad. Organic food for example is better than inorganic foot or food that is not Organic. When it comes to building materials Organic materials are materials when interacting with moisture and oxygen will deteriorate over time. For example wood and wood products like paper are organic and when interacting with moisture and the oxygen that is in water and air rot and breaks down. Many organics also burn with the presents of heat and oxygen. Oxygen destroys everything organic either slowly called rotting and rusting or rapidly called fire. Our lives are sustained by oxygen but all organic matter on earth is destroyed by oxygen. That is why inorganic materials must be used on construction of buildings. Omnicrete uses inorganic materials inside and outside it’s buildings. Where organic material are used such as wood trim it is used where the environment is completely dry. Omnicrete offers an upgrade for trim that is a composite material not made from wood but the cost is rather high but it is available to make the Omnicrete building organic free. Even kitchen cabinets are available from inorganic materials.

Now lets get a bit more scientific. Organic compounds differ from most inorganic compounds by having relatively low melting and boiling points. Many of the simple ones are liquids or gases, indicating that the attractive forces between the small molecules are weak. As discussed in CBD 76, organic molecules must be large to possess the properties needed for use in a building material. Even most of the large molecules, polymers, will melt or decompose at temperatures of 300 to 400°C. Because carbon can be oxidized to carbon dioxide and the hydrogen usually present to water, organic compounds are not often stable at elevated temperatures in the presence of air, as are inorganic materials. Although they may be simple molecularly, the latter generally have strong attractive forces that result in high melting points and structural strength. On the other hand, organic polymers, because of their low melting points, can readily be formed into desired shapes and usually are less brittle.

The actual weathering process can be extremely complex, involving a number of weathering factors acting together and resulting in other process interactions within or on the material. This Digest has attempted to characterize various organic building materials and to deal with their reaction to weather factors individually as a simplification of the total process. An appreciation of these individual factors and processes is necessary for an understanding of material behavior and as a rational basis for prediction of performance.

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What are the Benefits to the Occupants of an Omnicrete Building?

Nothing could be better on earth than to live in an extremely energy efficient home that was built to the highest standards of keeping the protection of our environment for our future generations in the forefront of all activities before, during and after the construction process. Many places in this web site describe the many benefits to all who are involved in the planning, monitoring and the construction of buildings using the Omnicrete process. As a recap here is a list of the benefits occupants enjoy every day:

    • Extensive energy savings.
    • Lower fire and casualty insurance premiums.
    • Fire protection.
    • Moisture protection.
    • Mold protection.
    • Significant decrease in maintenance.
    • Peace of mind when hurricane and tornado watches and warnings are posted.
    • Strong wind protection from hurricanes and tornado.
    • Piece of mind when returning from hurricane evacuations.
    • Enjoy a healthy interior environment.
    • A great feeling that you did the right thing by building an Omnicrete structure and help our environment.

All these benefits for a construction cost close to conventionally built structures.

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Does your system have Material Safety Data Sheets?

Technical

Material
MSDS
Product Sheet
Other
AAC VIEW MSDS UC Davis Assessment of AAC
Poured Concrete
Portland Cement VIEW MSDS
XPS Rboard VIEW MSDS
Non-metallic rebar VIEW MSDS VIEW PRODUCT
Hardi-Board VIEW MSDS
AAC Thin Coat Mortar
Anchor Bolts
Visqueen (6 mil) VIEW MSDS
Plaster
Concrete Sealant
Stucco

Omnicrete was invented, and is marketed in America by an American!

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