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Advances in Insulation Technology with Insulated Concrete Forms


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Advances in Insulation Technology with Insulated Concrete Forms

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  2. 2. Insulation is a major issue in home and Building Concrete Forms. Some methods of providing insulation can be costly. Some insulation techniques may seem like a good deal, but won't provide the proper protection you need for the climate in which the home or building is located. Educating yourself on the different options you have available can help you make the right decision when choosing the right insulation for your home or custom building. Structural Insulating Shuttering Panels, or SIPs, are multi-functional Orient Strand Boards that are made from two layers of wafer chipped wood, or particleboard.
  3. 3. The centers of these boards are tightly webbed to provide the insulation needed and can be used in walls, flooring and ceilings. In comparison to traditional insulation, SIPs are about 40% more efficient in controlling heating and cooling costs - a savings that homeowners will notice. SIPs are made from recycled wood products, making them environmentally friendly and are treated with an anti- fungal coating. They are durable, strong and extremely long lasting. Most SIPs are also termite resistant, so homeowners won't have to worry about damaging infestations. Insulated Building Concrete Forms, on the other hand, are blocks of foam made from extruded polystyrene. Insulated Concrete Forms, or ICFs, are reinforced with steel bars and are used to shape the walls of the structure. The hollow centers are filled with industrial grade concrete, combining quality insulation with the strength of concrete that is reinforced with steel. This combination provides unmatched energy efficiency and strength. Insulated Concrete Forms and Structural Insulating Panels both use extruded polystyrene as an insulating material. While the technology has been around for many years, it is now seeing a growth in popularity due to its relatively low cost and eases of installation. SIPs and ICFs used to be competitive construction materials, but now many architects and contractors prefer to use both within the same structure. ICFs for the wall structures and SIPs for the flooring and ceiling boards are common in a lot of new construction. The thermal performance and the unmatched strength, longevity and durability of these insulating technologies allow for both vertical and horizontal weight bearing of heavy loads. Because of this, the use of Insulated Concrete Forms and Structural Insulating Panels are seeing an upswing in usage across the country in homes, commercial buildings, foundations and basements.