Phoenix Navajo Flex Crete Presentation

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HUD Phoenix Energy WorkshopSeptember 16-17, 2008

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  • 1. A Subsidiary of The Navajo Housing Authority Ventures Group Made from Recycled Material Environmentally Sensitive Promoting Economic Sustainability for Navajo People/Business

2. FlexCrete Product List ItemNominal DimensionsLength Height ThicknessMasonry Units -24 - inches8-inches 8,10,12-inchesLoad bearing Masonry Units -24 - inches8-inches2,4,6-inchesNon-Load bearing U-Block24 - inches8-inches6,8,10,12-inches Lintels6.5-feet, Maximum 8,10,12-inches4,6,8,10,12-inches Wall Panel (Year 2007)20 feet, Maximum 24-inches2,4,6,8,10,12-inches*All dimensions shall have a tolerance of +/- 1/32-inch**These are nominal dimensions and actual dimensions are 1/8quot; less than the values shown 3. Product TechnologyFlexCrete is based on:Fly Ash as a Natural PozzolinAerated Concrete ApproachFiber Reinforced CompositionChemical Activated Aerated Concrete 4. The FlexCrete Advantage Ease of Use: Lightweight 1/5 weight of concrete Easily shaped sawed, drilled and shaped like wood w/ standard tools Mortar less Blocks are laid up with thin-set, not mortar.Strength & Durability: (360psi equivalent to concrete) No organic material Not susceptible to termites or other pests Non-allergenic Highly resistant to mod and fungiFire Resistant: Meets ASTM E119 for four-hour ratingEnergy Efficient: 8 wall has an equivalent R-Value of 27 with no additional insulation Massive wall creates thermal lag for passive heating and cooling Reduces energy use by 40 to 50 percent over stick-frame constructionEnvironmentally Sensitive Use of Recycled Content: Navajo FlexCrete is 60 percent fly-ash, recycled waste product from coal-burning electrical plantsLocally Produced: (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah & Nevada) Navajo FlexCrete is produced in Page Arizona on the Navajo Reservation by the Navajo Nation. 5. The FlexCrete AdvantageLow Cost of ProductionDirect Connection with Tribal AgenciesFiber Reinforced CompositionMore Durable than otherAAC ProductsTransportation and HandlingAcoustic Efficiency 6. FlexCrete Operations Currently we have one Production Plant located in Page, Arizona.Plans to open a second plant in Clark County, Nevada.Quality Assurance / Procedures in place.Our Mission Provide Quality Products Excel in Customer Service 7. Navajo FlexCrete Processing CURINGBATCHINGDEMOLD CONSTRUCTION= HOME SAWING 8. Green Building IndustryMarket Study and Trends A study published by McGraw-Hill Construction and the NationalAssociation of Home Builders (NAHB) is reporting that interestin the Green Building Materials Industry grew by 20% in 2006and will see another 30% in 2007. The report is also projectingthe industry will grow to be a $38 Billion Dollar industry by theyear 2010. Many municipalities across the nation are requiring Leadershipin Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification tomake their communities more sustainable. Cities like Scottsdale,Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico are passing codes andincentives to Build Green. The Energy Conscience Consumers 9. Sustainable Design Wikipedia definitionhttp://wikipedia.org/Sustainable design (also referred to as quot;green designquot;, quot;eco-designquot;, or quot;design for environmentquot;) is the art of designing physical objects and the built environment to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. It ranges from the microcosm of designing small objects for everyday use, through to the macrocosm of designing buildings, cities, and the earth's physical surface. It is a growing trend within the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, graphic design, industrial design, interior design and fashion design.The essential aim of sustainable design is to produce places, products and services in a way that reduces use of non-renewable resources, minimizes environmental impact, and relates people with the natural environment. Sustainable design is often viewed as a necessary tool for achieving sustainability.Green design is considered a means of reducing or eliminating environmental impacts while maintaining quality of life by using careful assessment and clever design to substitute less harmful products and processes for conventional ones.Sustainable Design.Sustainable Development.Design with Nature Environmentally Sensitive Design.Holistic Resource Management .Green Architecture.what ever it is you term it, it is the same concept. 10. Traditional Sustainable Model 11. Traditional Pillars of Sustainable Design Triple Bottom-LineEconomicsAre the Local economies built in.Local opportunity, access, longevity.How can Critical Mass be achieved. (people)EnvironmentPreservation of natural environmentLimited impact resourcesConnectivity with open space/outdoors.SocialSocial network for sense of community.Limited strain on social programs and resources.Inclusive of all users. 12. Native American Cultural Philosophy The Navajo Culture promotes a philosophy Hozhoogo Nashaa Dooleel. The meaning translates to May I walk in beauty, harmony and balance with my surroundings, and is a philosophy aligned with the core principles of Sustainable Design. The cultural philosophies of many Native Peoples and the core principles of Sustainability reemphasize a foundation that has been there all along. This just needs to be underscored by our planning and development. 13. Navajo Sustainability 14. Native Peoples View of Sustainable Design Quadruple Bottom-LineEconomicsAre the Local economies built in.Local opportunity, access, longevity.How can Critical Mass be achieved. (people)EnvironmentPreservation of natural environmentLimited impact resourcesConnectivity with open space/outdoors.SocialSocial network for sense of community.Limited strain on social programs and resources.Inclusive of all users.CULTURAL 15. What Navajo FlexCrete means to the Navajo Housing Authority To address the growing housing need on the Navajo Nation. The NHA plansto build 500 houses per year. In turn, Navajo FlexCrete would guarantee a supply of building materialsmade by Navajos for Navajos, thus building both social and cultural capital,while simultaneously contributing towards the development of energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive housing. Navajo FlexCrete represented an opportunity to develop competitive skillsin entrepreneurship, manufacturing, construction and sustainability, thusbuilding individual, organizational, information and knowledge capital. The product represented an opportunity to use a waste product that wouldnormally be back-filled into surface coalmines. Use of the material wouldreduce environmental impacts on timber, water and transportationassociated with other building materials, thus preserving and restoringnatural capital. Navajo FlexCrete represented a job creation opportunity. And, Navajo FlexCrete represented a potential earnings stream. 16. TRIBAL HOUSING MARKET (1500 - 2500 SF HOMES):The Navajo Housing Authority is transitioning to buildingprimarily with Navajo FlexCrete products. 17. CUSTOM HOME / GREEN CONSUMER (2500 - 6000 SF HOMES):Santa Fe & Albuquerque, NMScottsdale, AZArizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Nevada Markets 18. GREEN CONSUMERAverage home = 21 tons of fly ashOtherwise disposed of in landfill. REDUCED impact on Timber Reserves Water Fuel 19. COMMERCIAL MARKET INNOVATIONSCommercial BlockThin Un-reinforced PanelsReinforced PanelsPremium Panels - 2011 20. Energy Consumption per Wall Type 300250200 kW h /m 2 15010050 0 6quot; Frame SIP 6quot; SIP 8quot;FlexCrete 8quot; Adobe 8quot; Adobe 12quot; Adobe 16quot; Heating CoolingLightingOther TotalENERGY CONSUMPTION PER WALL TYPE 21. GREEN INNOVATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS Project published in Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing 22. GREEN INNOVATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS 23. Sips Structures Southwest Traditional Log HomesAlter AirASU Photovoltaic Laboratory MirrorsealU of A EnvironmentalResearch LaboratoryNavajo FlexCrete 24. Energy Modeling Analysis 25. 2007 Arizona Governors AwardsInnovation Award Navajo FlexCrete BuildingSystemsHousing Hero Award - ASU Stardust Center forGaudalupe House 26. 2007 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Winner for Single Family Residence 27. NHA Production Homes 28. Green Building TipsBeing GreenFirst, a little self-assessment is in order. Ask yourself, how green am I?There are many shades of green, each with their own motivations andlevels of commitment. Are you interested in: Building homes that make the best use of energy resources?Durability?Producing less material waste?The broader environmentally based philosophies that green buildingrelates to? Take a look at the technologies that you regularly feature in yourbuilding projects. Do any of them align with any of the principles ofgreen building described above? If so, consider highlighting the greenaspects of your current practices in your marketing and advertisingefforts. If customers appreciate these benefits, then you can start usingadditional products that provide similar benefits. A Public-Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technologyhttp://www.pathnet.org 29. Green Building TrendsLow or No-VOC Paints: While many paints contain high-levels of volatile organiccompounds (VOCs) that diminish air quality and may be detrimental to the health of thosewho breath them, alternatives are now available that release little or no VOC pollutants.These latex-based paints are durable, cost the same as paints that contain VOCs, are highquality, and do not contaminate a home's air supply. Cement substitutes: According to Environmental Building News, the annual US productionof cement creates as much greenhouse gases as the operation of 22 million compact cars.But by-products of other energy processes exist that can be efficiently used to createenvironmentally friendly alternatives to cement. Fly ash, slag, silica fume, and rice hull ashare gaining popularity among builders due to their strength, durability and low-toxicity. Plumbing Manifolds: Manifold plumbing systems are control centers for hot and cold waterthat feed flexible supply lines to individual plumbing fixtures. Easy to install, they also reduceheat loss and provide steady water pressure and faster hot water delivery. Bamboo Flooring: A plentiful natural resource, bamboo is gaining popularity among manybuilders due to its durability and attractiveness. Because bamboo grows very quickly, it is amore easily renewable resource than hardwood. Although all bamboo flooring used in theUS is imported from the Pacific Rim, it can be readily delivered to US job sites within a fewdays. Rainwater harvesting: Water is a valuable commodity. Collecting and reusing rainwater forlandscape irrigation saves money and reduces the demand on the water supply A Public-Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technologyhttp://www.pathnet.org 30. What Next?Production Design for Housing AuthoritiesSustainable Community DesignCluster DevelopmentHigher DensityCulturally Appropriate / Paradigm Shift away fromscattered sites. (too costly)Master Planned Communities Larger ScaleEconomicsEnvironmentSocialCultureLEED Certified Projects and DevelopmentGreater Energy EfficiencyGreater Sustainability