Seattle, WA--Lafarge and Stoneway Concrete ar teaming up to promote sustainable residential building practices in a NextGen "first to the Future" demonstration home in Seattle, WA. The progress of the home's construction with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) using Lafarge NewCem brand slag cement will be featured in an upcoming episode of the nationally syndicated TV program "Your House and Home," as well as in leading shelter magazines and participating Web sites.

ICFs are hollow foam blocks or panels that are stacked into the shape of the walls of a home. The forms are filled with reinforced concrete to create a solid structure, sandwiching a heavy, high-strength material between two layers of light, high-insulation foam. The resulting walls combine the insulating properties of foam and the strength of steel-reinforced concrete to give homeowners strength, safety, energy efficiency and much more.

NewCem cement, which is a finely ground, hydraulic cement produced from blast furnace slag, also provides a significant contribution to sustainable construction. Its use in concrete production consumes less energy and offers improved efficiency in building performance. As such, new CEm can be used to help achieve points in the U.S. Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

There are many advantages to building with ICFs and using slag cement," said Greg McKinnon, operations manager at Stoneway Concrete. "This NextGen Home Experience TV program will go a long way in increasing public awareness and understanding of concrete's contribution to energy efficiency and strength in seismic design. We're proud of our involvement in helping to promote our industry's committment to environmental stewardship and use the concrete as a very sustainable, green building material."

The 4,100 square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath home currently under construction in Seattle is a project of iShow.com, producer of the popular NextGen series of demonstration homes showcasing the evolution of the American home at major trade shows, online on TC and in national awareness campaigns. "The home will be built to insurance industry standards for a fortified....for safer living house and may receive LEED accreditation," saidf Paul Barnett, president of iShow. "The result will be a next-generation home that is disaster resistant, green conscious, and energy efficient like no other."

"The NextGen TV project home featuring ICF construction using NewCem slad cement will air in upcoming episode of the nationally syndicated "Your House and Home" TV show. To learn more about the "NextGen Home Experience" and to find local TV listings for actual times and stations of "Your house & Home" TV series, visit one of the following Web sites for more information www.yourhouseandhome.tv or www.nextgenhome.com.

Serving Western Washington communities since 1912, Stoneway Concrete is a leading supplier of ready mix concrete and construction supplies to owners, developers and public agencies throughout the Puget Sound region. The company's products range from high strength concrete to heavyweight and lightweight concrete to colored architectural concrete for residential and commercial projects. For more information, please visit www.stonewayconcrete.com.

Lafarge in North America is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. Its materials are used for residential, commercial, institutional and public works construction. Lafarge in North America is wholly-owned by Lafarge S.A., the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, and gypsum. With 71,000 employees in more than 70 countries, Lafarge posted worldwide sales of 17 billion euros in 2006.