What is Insulated Concrete?
Insulated concrete, also known as insulated concrete forms (ICF) construction, is an innovative building method that combines the strength and durability of concrete with the energy-efficiency benefits of polystyrene foam insulation. In short your building lasts longer and you save money on your energy bills
What is so good about insulated concrete?
When we look at traditional construction, it is typical to add insulation after your conrete walls are in place. However, when you use ICF for insulated concrete, the insulation becomes integrated as part of the entire building envelope. This adds a powerful benefits of decrease thermal gapping throughout the building.
How does it work?
For insulated concrete, instead of using regular wooden forms, we use interlocking foam blocks or panels which stack together to form an interlocking framework for the concrete to be poured into. These foam blocks (ICF) allow us to build your project in any shape that is desired. You can even use the ICF forms for roofing and flooring between levels for additional sound reduction, comfort and durability. The ICF forms provide foam insulation, which creates a powerful barrier against the outside elements.
Benefits of Insulated Concrete
Now let’s talk about the incredible benefits of insulated concrete. First and foremost, it’s one of the best building methods for energy efficiency. The insulation r-value of the ICF forms maintains your indoor temperature just right, regardless of what the elements are cooking up outside. That means no more chilly winter drafts and blistering summer heatwaves. the icing on the cake is also the drop on your monthly energy bills due to a reduction in the use of your heating and cooling systems.
Another key benefit of insulated concrete is powerful durability. Apart from the superb STC-50 noise reduction you get form concrete walls, your home will now have the power to withstand massive forces of nature such as nor’easters, tornadoes, hurricanes and even earthquakes. Insulated concrete provides everything you need when safety and resilience is a top priority.
So, whether you’re building a new home or a commercial marvel, insulated concrete forms are the way to go for long lasting comfort and durability.