Green building is beginning to sell itself. Prices continue to drop for green materials. Demand from homeowners is increasing day by day. But that doesn’t necessarily make sustainable building an easy sell for everyone. Whether a myth or not, the notion that sustainable building is far more expensive than conventional construction practices can be an obstacle for green contractors looking to expand their business.
The bright side to that dilemma is that designers and manufacturers are constantly working to bring down costs—to make green an easier sell and a lighter load for the average client’s pocketbook. Out of that ilk comes K-tect Sustainable Building Systems, an all-around green building gem judging by the bullet list of benefits on the website.
The biggest benefit for homeowners and the environment is that K-tect walls use less material than a conventional wall system and contain no thermal bridges. The walls are built to high efficiency in a factory and delivered to the site, where they can be erected and connected using manpower alone.
Construction costs are reduced in a number of ways, including:
- Air conditioning and heating capacity reduced
- Faster and easier installation—no cranes, forklifts or chainsaws necessary
- Reduced installation and framing labor
- No need for wall insulation contractor
- No on-site construction waste
- Reduction in weather-related delays
And the whole process is fast. According to K-tect, an example 4100-square-foot residence built with 10-, 12-, and 16-foot K-tect Wall Systems went from slab to roof trusses in only 2.5 days—with a four-man crew.
K-tect also boasts that their systems result in fewer callbacks and less warranty work for you, the contractor. “Factory quality control” ensures straight and square walls, as well as no warping, splitting or twisting of studs. The walls are comprised of light gauge metal studs with integrated insulation that purportedly eliminates thermal bridging.
As far as green building goes, K-tect wall systems meet or exceed all building codes, as well as all green building standards. So in the end, a job gets done quicker, easier, requires less manpower and is cheaper for the homeowner and more profitable for the builder.
K-tect Building Systems are GREENGUARD certified for homes, children and schools.
K-tect homes may contribute between 15 and 72 points toward LEED-H certification, depending on the size and design of the home.