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Insulated Concrete Forms - . ICFs Are Fast-becoming The Mainstream Preferred Building Product Worldwide For All Of The Right Reasons

Author : michael armstrong

Insulated Concrete Forms are forms or molds that have built-in insulation for accepting reinforced concrete. ICFs are fast-becoming the mainstream preferred building product worldwide for all of the right reasons. These large, hollow blocks are stacked right off of the truck and filled with reinforcing bar and concrete. The end result leaves you with a high-performing wall that is structurally sound, insulated, strapped, has a vapor barrier and is ready to accept final exterior and interior finishes. ICF homes look like a traditional stucco, rock, brick or siding home.
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:

* Non-toxic materials
* No cavity walls for mold, mildew, bugs or rodents

Structural related:

* High wind resistance
* Fire rated assembly
* Strength is permanent
* Will not rot or decay
* Termite resistant

If we can reduce our energy bills by as high as 40%, we can reduce CO2 emissions by the same amount. The world's international Kyoto agreement insists on a reduction of emissions by 50% just to slow down the effects of global warming. ICFs are a part of the answer to CO2 reductions.
Storm Resistant

ICF walls provide safe shelter from severe storms, whose occurrence is increasing in frequency as well as severity. Provinces and states with no past history of tornadoes are now experiencing them. As a result of the recent number of hurricanes in their areas, building codes are being upgraded along the seashores of the Caribbean, Florida and the Carolinas. Since 1983, insurance claims due to a majority of severe storm events have been doubling every five years. Protect your investment, protect your family, and protect yourself.

Environmentally Friendly

* Replaces timber

Builder Friendly

* Any architectural design
* Replaces insulation material

Home Owner Friendly

* Reduces energy costs
* Increases resale value

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