Why hybrid?

West Michigan Hybrid Homes

     History tells us that in order to figure out the 'why', we must first examine the what. What does Hybrid mean and where does the word come from? The answer to both of these questions can help to explain the over-all concept of using the term hybrid. we won't spend a lot of time talking about the origin of the term hybrid, but read on, you may find this information interesting.

     The ancient Greeks developed a need for hauling items a long distance and over difficult terrain. They had two choices to work with, neither of the choices fit their need. the choices were: a horse, which was very powerful yet didn't have the 'wind' to go long distances or for sustained periods of time. The other choice that the ancient Greeks had was the ever faithful donkey. Unfortunately, donkeys were small and although they had the 'wind' to carry items for sustained periods of time, they lacked the strength to carry large quantities of items.

     To fulfill this need and to be proactive, the ancient Greeks bred the two species and created a powerful animal that had the 'wind' to haul large quantities of items through the conditions that the Ancient Greeks needed these animals to haul them through. And thus, the first true hybrid was created, a Mule. The Latin term for hybrid is Mulus ( which was formerly applied to the offspring of any two creatures of different species), isn't that interesting?

     The ancient Greeks had to find the right combination of animals to create their hybrid, this combination was the male donkey and the female horse. Here lies the important point in this analogy, the elements have to be correct to get a true hybrid.

     So now, we will tie it all together.

     Currently, more than ever, society has a need to create a house that uses less energy and creates less of an impact on the environment. By combining a number of the correct elements, a hybrid house can be, and has been created. For us, we have researched a number of building alternatives to 2x4 construction and have found that using Insulated concrete Forms (ICFs) can help to create an energy efficiency that far exceeds conventional means of building. We have also found that we can use a few other products or techniques to create the exterior structure that is ideal for a hybrid home. However, through our extensive research, we feel that ICFs meet our strict guidelines and criteria for the creation of a hybrid home.    

     Combining the correct elements of exterior construction with the correct elements in a home's interior, creates an energy efficient, money saving hybrid home. Examples of correct interior elements would be high efficiency furnaces, air exchangers, energy efficient windows and doors, energy saving light bulbs, and many other affordable alternatives which we can help a homeowner pick out.

     The term green built is an outdated term that is a great step in the right direction, but, if you are thinking of building a new home or remodeling your existing home, ask us to help you develop an energy saving, cost saving green built hybrid home that has less environmental impact than that of conventional homes.

     Email us today to learn more about hybrid homes or to see the reference list for this presentation. This information is part of a presentation that Adam Bearup gives around the state. You can see this presentation at the Michigan Energy Fair in Onekema, Michigan on June 22-24, 2007.




This is a thermal image of a 2x4 house under the conditions shown on the picture.
This is a thermal image of an ICF house under the conditions shown on the picture
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A brief history and explanation.
Pictures courtesy of Chris from Zero Power House.