Advances in Insulation Technology with Insulated Concrete Forms
Published By : Bofuform.com
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.
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
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.