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Insulated Concrete Form Homes (ICF)


Insulated Concrete Forms (or ICFs) are forms or molds that have built-in insulation for accepting reinforced concrete. ICFs have become a preferred home building product worldwide. These large, hollow blocks are filled with reinforcing bar and concrete. The end result leaves you with a high-performing wall that is structurally sound, insulated, strapped, has a vapor barrier and is ready to accept final exterior and interior finishes. An Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Home can be multiple stories high and have many design features of a typical frame home.  The ICF walls incorporate framing, insulation, vapor barrier and shear resistance into one step.

Insulating concrete forms result in cast-in-place concrete walls that are sandwiched between two layers of insulation material. These systems are strong and energy efficient. Common applications for this method of construction are low-rise buildings, with property uses ranging from residential to commercial to industrial. Traditional finishes are applied to interior and exterior faces, so the buildings look similar to typical construction, although the walls are usually thicker.

Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are stay-in-place formwork for energy-efficient, cast-in-place reinforced-concrete walls. The forms are interlocking units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and are filled with concrete. The forms lock together somewhat like Lego bricks and serve to create a foam for the structural walls of a building Concrete is pumped into the cavity to form the structural element of the walls usually, reinforcing steel (rebar) is added before concrete placement to give the resulting walls flexural strength, similar to bridges and high-rise buildings made of concrete!
ICF provide design professionals, architects, home owners and contractors a more efficient way to build Insulated Concrete Form structures. Building with Insulated Concrete Forms | ICF's allows concrete homes and commercial buildings to be built stronger, more energy efficient, more comfortable and environmentally friendly. Building has Evolved with Insulated Concrete Forms.
Insulated Concrete Forms provide greater energy solutions for any structure providing Performance Values up to R-50, resulting in energy savings of up to 70% when compared to traditional wood building methods. The superior Performance Value of Insulated Concrete Forms come from the stable thermal mass that the concrete provides.
ICF homes offer many benefits to the homeowner including:
ICF homes typically save upwards of 50% of utility costs when complementary materials and methods are incorporated into the structure during construction.
ICF homes provide quiet indoor environments.
ICF homes are durable in that the structure is solid concrete, unaffected by many of the problems of common frame construction.
The insulation value of the EPS foam never deteriorates and is unaffected by moisture or settling.
The solid wall construction eliminates drafts and air leaks that attribute to dust and pollen buildup within the home.
ICF homes that incorporate proper heating and cooling systems offer clean air environments for the occupants.
ICF homes don’t incorporate cavity wall construction that can be conducive to moisture and mold buildup.
ICF homes don’t offer a “readymade” home for bugs and critters to live unlike wood frame walls.
ICF Homeowners repeatedly exclaim “We’ll never go back to wood after living in our ICF home”


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