Installer-friendly ICFs cut building time and create a tight home (video)

Installer-friendly ICFs cut building time and create a tight home (video)

Insulated concrete forms.

As insulated concrete forms gain ground in the residential marketplace, contractors and installers are learning about the benefits of this building system.

ICFs offer a number of advantages for homebuilders, including speed of construction, and a resilient, comfortable home.

Insulated concrete forms are part of the green building plan for the Proud Green Home of Louisville at Norton Commons. Builder Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes plans to make the home as energy efficient as possible to meet the requirements of green home certification programs, including LEED for Homes,  the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standard and the Zero Energy Ready standard from the U.S. Department of Energy.

As insulated concrete forms gain ground in the residential marketplace, contractors and installers are learning about the benefits of this building system.

ICFs are being used in the revitalization program at Sheppard Square, a 70-year-old low-income housing project in the Smoketown section of Louisville, Kentucky's largest city. The revitalization of the 16.5-acre Sheppard Square is a HUD funded project along with additional local investment and resources to replace public housing built in 1942 with mixed-use, affordable housing developments.

Architect Jill Lewis Smith, president of Civic Consultants, a Louisville architectural firm, developed a series of architecural house plans using ICF, some of which are being built in Sheppard Square.

The affordable ICF home plans are designed to compete with manufactured housing, which is one of the largest segments of the under $150,000 housing market. Smith specifically designed the homes to equal or better the cost of construction and purchase for a storm-resilient ICF home compared to manufactured housing.

 

Insulated concrete forms are a modern method of construction that are manufactured using Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). The forms are stacked, steel reinforced and then filled with concrete. When completed, insulated concrete form walls provide a solid monolithic structure. ICFs offer a variety of benefits and can be used in residential, commercial, medical, educational and multi-story construction.

Read more more about insulated concrete forms.

 


Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Passive House, Proud Green Home of Louisville, Thermal Envelope

Companies: BuildBlock Building Systems


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