The Mark Johnson Custom Homes team is excited to announce that we have broken ground on our second ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) home!  The home, located in Currie, NC will be completed in 3 months. The first home we built with ICF’s resulted in an amazingly eco-friendly home that is Energy Star Certified and was also North Carolina’s second LEED Platinum home (the highest attainable rating from the U.S. Green Building Council).
You may be wondering, “What are ICF’s?”
ICF Home in Currie, NCICFs are formwork for concrete that stays in place as permanent building insulation for energy-efficient, cast-in-place, reinforced concrete walls, floors, and roofs. The forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and filled with concrete. The forms lock together somewhat like Lego bricks and serve to create a form for the structural walls or floors of a building. Concrete is pumped into the cavity to form the structural element of the walls. Usually reinforcing steel (rebar) is added before concrete placement to give the concrete flexural strength, similar to bridges and high-rise buildings made of concrete. The forms are filled with concrete in 1-4 foot “lifts” to reduce the risk of blowouts like with other concrete formwork. After the concrete has cured, or firmed up, the forms are left in place permanently.
Why Build with ICF’s?
ICF Home in North CarolinaThere are many, many reasons for opting to build with ICF’s, especially in our area of Southeastern North Carolina, where we can sometimes have an active hurricane season. The structural integrity of the home has a stronger resistance to the forces of nature compared to framed walls and ICF’s create a structural concrete wall (either monolithic or post and beam) that is up to 10 times stronger than wood framed structures. There are minimal, if any, air leaks, which improves comfort and less heat loss compared to walls without an air barrier and reduce HVAC operating coasts from 30-70%. There is also a high sound absorption, which helps produce peace and quiet compared to framed walls. 

Mark Johnson Custom Homes uses LOGIX forms which are made of thicker foam. Thick LOGIX panels provide superior R-24 R-Value and additional strength so you can build straight walls quickly. LOGIX panels also accept standard electrical boxes.

Hardwood FloorsMark Johnson Custom Homes frequently installs pre-finished hardwood floors in their new homes in Brunswick County, NC. The quality of the homes we build are extremely important to us, and it is equally important that our clients know how to properly maintain them after closing. The Wood Floor Covering Association investigated the proper cleaning products, maintenance steps to follow and debunked several myths on how to take care of your hardwood floors. To read the complete article entitled “What Feeding Bears and Ruining Your Pre-Finished Hardwood Floors Has in Common,” click here.

Landfall Builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes has built one of the most energy efficient homes in Wilmington, NC. But energy efficiency alone will not optimize your utility savings. It takes changes in your lifestyle to save the most on your home’s utilities. A new device, The Energy Detective, will help drive your behavior to do simple things such as turning off lights when not in use and doing your laundry in the evening. TED, an intuitive, real-time, accurate electricity monitor screens your energy usage and presents the information to you in a simple, easy-to-understand format. We are currently using The Energy Detective at our LEED registered Green home in Landfall. Invest in one for your home to save money and time!

TED-the-energy-detectiveTED (The Energy Detective) is a simple, yet extremely accurate, home energy monitor that allows you to see electricity usage in real-time. You no longer have to wait for the ‘electricity bill surprise’! TED will accurately tell you what your bill is going to be long before the electric bill arrives. Meanwhile, you will learn more about conserving energy, saving money, and helping save the environment.

With its patented solution to home energy management, TED quantifies electricity and displays the results on its easy-to-read LCD screen. Unlike some complicated electricity conservation systems, TED is a simple, intuitive and affordable way to monitor and manage your entire home’s energy consumption. Think of it as your home’s speedometer.

With its two-second reaction time, TED provides immediate feedback on energy usage. For you, that means no surprises. You can see what you’re spending on electricity each second, as well as what you’ve spent so far today or so far this month.

For a more comprehensive look at your electricity usage, and to really ‘see’ where you may be wasting electricity (AND MONEY) check out “TED Footprints“… dynamic software that allows you to log your electricity usage on your PC for graphing, charting, seeing trends, load-profiling and much more! And with the help of TED, you’re not only able to better manage your own dollars, you are also helping your neighbors, your community, and the environment through energy conservation.


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The Energy Detective was installed by Electronics 2 You of Wilmington, NC, one of Coastal Carolina’s finest home audio establishments.