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.
The insulated concrete walls are protected not just from the heat and the cold, but noise, pollution, and mother nature herself. This keeps what’s outside where it belongs, leaving you comfortable, quiet and secure no matter the threat.
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.
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.
Solid Walls keep the outside where it belongs.
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 it’s insulative value and will keep insulating for 100s 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 an 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.
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.
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.
Benefits of an ICF Home:
- 30-70% savings in energy consumption and costs (good for your pocketbook and the environment)
- Tornado, hurricane and earthquake resistant (keeping your family and belongings safe and sound)
- 75% reduction in outside air infiltration (less dust and allergens)
- Five times quieter than a wood-frame home
- Building with ICFs saves at least 10 trees per home
- ICFs can be used to build virtually any home plan, using any finish – brick, stucco, siding, and more.
- Traditional wood-frame construction can’t compare to the safety, permanence, and energy efficiency of walls built with insulating concrete forms.
- Energy-efficiency and disaster resilience code requirements leads homeowners, custom builders, architects, and home designers looking for the best materials to build projects at the best cost. ICFs have proven time and again they meet and exceed all expectations no matter what.
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!