ICF

Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulating concrete forms, referred to as ICFs, create structural concrete walls with tremendous energy savings. The energy savings are due to the thermal mass properties of the concrete that is sandwiched between 2 layers of foam insulation material. The foam form is held together by the reinforced plastic webs which also have pockets in them to hold the reinforcing bars in proper position. ICF systems were developed back in the 60s in Canada. In the 1980s, some American companies got involved in the technology and ICF construction took off in the United States.

ICFs are used in all types of residential and commercial structures. Common applications are low rise commercial structures, high rise commercial structures and residential homes from the footer to the roof line.
ADVANTAGES AND ATTRIBUTES

Much stronger wall assembly
Disaster resistance and safety
No mold, rot or mildew
Insect resistance
Sound blocking
Overall comfort
Energy efficiency and resultant cost savings
Fast, easy construction
Ability to meet higher energy codes with less complication

ICFs are available in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” thickness’. Corner units to create 45 and 90 degree corners are also available. Specialty ICFs are available that create brick ledges, height adjustments and can even create a radius wall.
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