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Insulated Concrete Forms


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Insulated Concrete Forms

  1. 1. Insulated Concrete Forms<br />(ICFs)<br />Insulated concrete forms are rigid plastic foam forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain in place afterwards to serve as thermal insulation for concrete walls.<br />
  2. 2. Insulated Concrete Forms<br /><ul><li>Homes being built with ICFs have the insulation built into the walls as part of the surface.
  3. 3. These systems create walls that have a high thermal resistance.
  4. 4. They also provide a backing for drywall on the inside, as well as stucco, siding, or brick for the outside. </li></ul><br />
  5. 5. ICFs<br /><ul><li> Very strong structurally, they are an ideal choice for areas that are prone to wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
  6. 6. Excellent insulating qualities.
  7. 7. Easy to build radius walls, which are problematic with conventional wood framing.
  8. 8. Virtually no worksite cutting, which minimizes waste. This saves money and is a green building practice.
  9. 9. Quick and efficient to go up because of the linear and streamlined process, from design to finish.</li></li></ul><li>Types of ICFs<br /><ul><li> A flat system yields a continuous thickness of concrete, like a conventionally poured wall.
  10. 10. A grid system creates walls using a waffle pattern. The concrete is thicker at some points than others.
  11. 11. A post-and-beam system consists of discrete horizontal and vertical columns of concrete, which are completely encapsulated in foam insulation.</li></li></ul><li>Types of ICFs<br /><br />
  12. 12. COST<br /><ul><li>ICF material cost ranges from about $1.75 to $3.50 per square foot.
  13. 13. However the cost of installation labor, reinforcement, bracing, and concrete placement will be additional. </li></li></ul><li>Advantages<br /><ul><li> Significant energy savings
  14. 14. Severe weather resistance
  15. 15. Lower insurance premiums
  16. 16. Faster construction time
  17. 17. Insect resistant
  18. 18. Significant exterior noise reduction
  19. 19. Four times the fire resistance of wood-framed homes
  20. 20. Environmentally friendly (Using ICF blocks to construct a 2,000 square foot home will save almost 50 trees)
  21. 21. The only disadvantage is the cost of an ICF house. </li></li></ul><li>ICFs<br />Insulated Concrete Forms Movie<br />