img_0104Dan is one of the few General Contractors in the Tri-City area who has used ICFs to build a home. His expertise with this product allows him to not only create a beautiful home with ICF walls, but to also to accurately estimate how many ICF forms are needed, thus eliminating extra costs and excessive waste.

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) have been around since the late 1960’s, but have only recently become a trend in mainstream building. They are forms or molds that have built-in insulation for accepting reinforced concrete. The end product is a structure that is energy efficient, structurally sound, has a vapor barrier and is ready to accept final exterior and interior finishes.

Features and Benefitsof ICF Construction:
The cost of ICF vs. more traditional methods of construction is typically more for the actual construction, but the cost of ownership of anICF structure is significantly less than the more traditional methods. In nearly every documented case of the cost of an ICF structure, the return on investment (ROI) for the extra construction cost is within 5 years with many showing less than 3 years.

What features and benefits do ICF construction have that typical construction methods lack?

Energy related:

  • High performance R-values * No air infiltration
  • Permanent performance no downgrading over time
  • Shifts thermal loading from peak periods
  • Lower cost to heat and cool

Health related:

  • No air infiltration means no dust or allergens
  • No cavity walls for mold, mildew, bugs or rodents
  • Non-toxic materials
  • No off-gassing of materials

Structural related:

  • High wind resistant
  • Fire rated assembly
  • Strength is permanent
  • Will not rot or decay
  • Impact resistant
  • No maintenance requirements

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