Insulated Concrete Forms (or ICFs) are forms or molds that have built-in
insulation for accepting reinforced concrete. The first patent
application for an ICF was registered in the late 1960’s. Since
then, and particularly in the last 4 years, ICFs have been fast-becoming
the mainstream preferred building product worldwide for all of the
right reasons. These large, hollow blocks are stacked right
off of the truck and 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.
A better question would be, “Why would you consider building
with anything else?” Here are a few of the best reasons
to build with ICFs:
Comfort – Nothing blows through reinforced concrete. There
will be absolutely no drafts or cold spots. ICF homeowners have
commented on how constant temperatures stay within their homes. Because
of the tremendous thermal mass of the exterior wall envelope, temperature
peaks are smoothed, and therefore homes are noticeably warmer in the
winter and cooler in the summer.
Safe & Healthy – There are no CFCs, HCFCs, or formaldehydes,
and also no wood to rot and mold. ICFs are the answer for allergy
and asthma sufferers. They have a two-hour fire rating and are
termite and pest resistant. But most importantly, these structures
can withstand a severe storm hit. Have you considered climate
change into your future structure’s design?
Flexibility in Design – Reinforced concrete has tremendous
proven design capabilities. For example, how many bridges do
you travel over every day? ICF wall systems can support concrete
floor and roof systems and give you the ultimate in innovative design.
Quiet – Your outside noises are eliminated. Is your future
building site near train tracks, airports, highways or recreational
vehicle trails? Maybe you simply do not wish to hear the neighbor
mowing his lawn.
Energy Efficiency – Homes built with ICF exterior walls
require an estimated 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to
cool than comparable frame houses. Consequently, your HVAC systems
can be downsized. Since floor systems are hung on the inside
of the wall, real energy savings come when you design above-grade,
thereby eliminating the sill plate area and as a result a huge heat
loss area in conventional housing.
Build Green with ICFs - Protect our Children's Future!
Our world’s number one challenge is to reduce the amount of
carbon dioxide that is being discharged into our atmosphere. The
earth’s relatively sudden warming and consequent dramatic effects
of climate change are directly related to these carbon dioxide emissions.
construction waste is reduced to less than 1% when you build with
AMVIC. For every one tone of methane produced by landfilling
practices, 20 tones of CO2 are produced.
- Every ICF
home saves approximately 8.5 trees and effectively preserve nature’s
air filters. Ask yourself the question, “How much oxygen
does sand and gravel produce?”
- If we can
reduce our energy bills by as high as 40%, we can reduce CO2 emissions
by the same amount. The world’s international Kyoto agreement
insists on a reduction of emissions by 50% just to slow down the effects
of global warming. ICFs are a part of the answer to CO2 reductions.
Most importantly, ICF walls provide safe shelter from severe storms,
whose occurrence is increasing in frequency as well as severity. Provinces
and states with no past history of tornadoes are now experiencing
them. As a result of the recent number of hurricanes in their
areas, building codes are being upgraded along the seashores of the
Caribbean, Florida and the Carolinas. Since 1983, insurance
claims due to a majority of severe storm events have been doubling
every five years. Protect your investment, protect your family,
and protect yourself. Build with Insulated Concrete Forms.
Insulating Concrete Forms are the Right Choice!
• Environmentally Friendly
Contains no CFC's
• Builder Friendly
Reduced Construction Time
Meets any Architectural Design
Replaces Insulation Material
• Home Owner Friendly
Reduces Energy Costs
Increases Resale Value
Has No Structural Deterioration