ICFs Meet Demand for Resilient Homes
Building technology has seen rapid advances in recent years, with owners, architects, designers, and builders looking for newer, more efficient ways to build their projects.
Insulated Concrete Form makers such as Fox Blocks and Nudura have met these demands on all sorts of projects, from small residential homes to large educational facilities, providing buildings that are safe, comfortable, energy efficient, and eco-friendly.
"Insulated concrete forms, or ICFs, consist of two panels of Expanded Polystyrene foam, which we refer to as EPS, with a hollow core in between. The panels are held tightly together by a patented web system, and can be stacked on top of each other in a way similar to Lego blocks," says Keven Rector, technical services manager at Nudura.
These high tech concrete forms have proven technologies to make building easier and faster, and are available in all form types and sizes to accommodate all types of building and design requirements. Each form is stacked, steel reinforced and filled with concrete to complete the building envelope of a home in one building step.
With their steel reinforced solid concrete core, these structures can withstand some of Mother Nature's worst. ICF homes can be built to endure winds of up to 402 kph (250 mph) and the non-toxic fire retardant expanded polystyrene foam provides a fire protection rating of up to 4 hours, ensuring that a home and its occupants are safe and secure in almost any situation.
"The environmental benefits of our ICFs are seen from development through transportation, the build and even years into the future. Nudura developed Durafold technology so that ICF products can be shipped flat, allowing for 40 percent more product on a truck compared to other ICF products. The company also developed a four-way reversible system that almost eliminates waste because it removes left and right corners. This allows Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms to be used in twice as many scenarios as non-reversible forms," Rector said.
ICFs provide significant energy savings and reduce the carbon footprint of the building. In fact, when you combine two panels of 2 5/8-inch EPS foam with the structural strength and thermal mass of concrete, an ICF home can provide up to 50 percent savings in energy costs.
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Companies: Fox Blocks