Why Choose Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)?
It’s natural to pour hours of time and effort into choosing the right paint, wall coverings, exterior finish and other aesthetics for your new home. But first, take some time to decide what will be inside those walls. Traditional wood-frame construction can’t compare to the safety, permanence, and energy efficiency of walls built with insulating concrete forms.
A thick concrete core inside your walls provide extreme strength and durability, all sandwiched between thick insulated panels of EPS foam. Tucked away behind your interior and exterior finishes, this material will last for lifetimes performing to keep your home stable, comfortable and energy-efficient.
Insulated concrete walls protect you from heat and cold, noise, pollution, and mother nature herself. This keeps what’s outside where it belongs, leaving you comfortable, quiet and secure no matter the threat.
By the numbers ICFs have an STC rating of 54 which means shouting outside the walls cannot be heard. In every-day life noisy neighbors, busy streets, trains, planes, and other annoyances stop at the walls leaving you content.
The core of ICF walls is reinforced concrete. This provides extremely strong walls to support almost any concept or design and will withstand more than 200mph winds, impacts from debris, and other challenges life may throw at your home.
Life Safety & Security
BuildBlock ICF walls are strong and solid. They will withstand more than 200mph winds by default. Strong reinforced concrete delivers safety in high-seismic zones, in coastal areas, performs well in flooding, carries a 4-hour fire rating, and creates a home that is resilient most anything mother nature can think of.
Solid Strong Walls
ICF walls are solid air-tight concrete. Monolithic, since it’s all poured at once and is one solid piece. Combined with the EPS insulation and the embedded insulated plastic studs there’s no need for this house to breathe to eliminate moisture and let in dust, dirt and allergens.
ICFs are a green product. Once the bead is produced it is expanded using steam in special molds to create the different shapes and sizes of ICF blocks. When installed, filled with concrete and finished inside and out the EPS foam will not degrade or decay. It doesn’t compact or lose its insulation value and will keep insulating for hundreds of years.
Lowest Waste Product
BuildBlock ICFs especially are designed with a 1″ repeating interlock pattern, so during construction the least necessary is cut off. This creates less waste and makes it easier to recycle the scrap. Any portion of BuildBlock ICFs with at least 1 web in them, can be filled in to a part of a wall, further reducing waste.
Healthier Home / Less Dirt & Dust
Dusting is one of the activities we all have to do fare too often. Dust, dirt, pollen, etc. all filter in through conventionally built homes; it’s just their nature. They’re designed to breathe to dry out when moisture forms in their walls. It’s how we’ve always built, but not with ICFs.
Air Tight Walls
ICF homes don’t suffer from drafts and cold spots which often occur in conventional construction. Just one more way to keep you comfortable inside.
ICF Homes are like every other home on the block, except where it counts.
Performance on the inside, style on the outside.
An ICF home when finished looks just like any other ICF home inside and out. Learn to enjoy the hidden differences: daily comfort, increased air quality, significantly lower utility bills, and peace of mind.
Choose a BuildBlock ICF home and never regret it.
What does this mean for you?
The results are clear! Building with insulated concrete forms is the proven way to build a home or building that is more energy-efficient and uses a product with far greater R/RSI-value benefits than traditionally insulated wood frame walls. Make your choice today and enjoy savings for a lifetime.
How Can We Help?
Contact BuildBlock today using the form below, and we’ll help you locate ICF home plans, architects, builders, and everything you need to make your ICF dream home a reality!