Energy Efficient Homes
        The ideal energy efficient building retains the best environment for living while minimizing the consumption and waste of energy. © Crook 2006                The biggest source of clean cheap energy is energy not used. R. Muller, Foreign Policy, Nov 2008                If you don’t understand energy efficient technology it’s probably because it’s based on principles of thermodynamics, physics, and rocket science. © Crook 2010                When you install an alternative energy system without first reducing your building’s demand for energy you ‘re still wasting energy and foregoing comfort--You've put the cart before the horse. © Crook 2011                An energy efficient building is always "Green" but a green buildings isn't always energy efficient. © Crook 2009                "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction", Sir Isaac Newton's "Action-Reaction Law", 1687                The transfer of heat between objects can never be stopped: it can only be slowed down. © Crook 2008                It's always easier to get into something than it is to get out.                Clean coal refers to coal with less particulants/pollutants. Clean coal when burned, unless SEQUESTRATED spews CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the atmosphere causing pollution. What does "clean coal" and "pork the other white meat have in common? Both are half-truths and both have the propensity to make you sick.        


Necessity is the mother of MaqCrete’s invention

Growing up in Iowa Dennis had many opportunities to do construction work, starting at a young age. He designed and built outbuildings on his family’s farm when he was just 14.  By the age of 16 he was working in construction for wages.  By the age of 19 his wages were helping pay for some college expenses, and when we married in 1980 he owned his own construction company.  

He told me with certitude that one day he would use a building material made from recycled waste fiber that he could nail, cut, drill and saw into like wood with a compressive strength like concrete and the structural strength of steel.  (The reliability of concrete is measured by its compressive strength—the capacity to resist pressure bearing down on it before it loses its shape or fails.)  He knew that a material with this type of functionality would allow him to build the types of buildings he envisioned creating.

Not having a construction background, it was Dennis’ vision, passion, enthusiasm and determination that drew me into my active participation. We’ve worked together developing and eventually patenting the material now known as MaqCrete.

Along the invention road there are many experiences worth telling about. But for now I will share one we think most exciting and timely.   On May 3, 2011 the Green Building Alliance awarded us a grant to conduct University research on MaqCrete.

At the successful conclusion of our collaborative effort with Drexel University, we intend to produce this revolutionary product in Pennsylvania for our building industry. Our goal is to share this amazing product with our building industry friends and clients resulting in a very user friendly building material contributing to the public’s growing desire to recycle and increase energy efficiency.

Its superior quality, lesser impact on the environment and production at a competitive price will make it a strong and superior alternative to conventional concrete blocks on the market today.

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