ICF System (Insulated Concrete Forms)
ICF stands for Insulating or Insulated Concrete Forms. Advantage Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) are used in foundations, additions and multi family party walls. They are used in residential and commercial full-wall projects. Advantage ICF’s are a great fit for your construction needs. The Advantage ICF System is a patented ICF system consisting of two layers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation connected with web connectors molded into the EPS insulation panels. The top and bottom edges of Advantage ICF System have pre-formed interlock which ensures web connectors align vertically for attachment of interior and exterior finishing materials. When the installed the blocks are filled with concrete thus creating an insulated, monolithic concrete wall of uniform thickness. The result is a superior, energy efficient wall that will provide long-term energy cost savings while adding resale value to the building. Building with Advantage ICF’s provides improved energy efficiency and effective thermal resistance.
Benefits of the PolySteel ICF Systems
Energy Efficiency – The most common sited benefit of ICF wall systems is that it is superior in energy efficiency. Not only does it keep the cold or hot outside air from coming in, it keeps your air conditioned or heated air from going out. Suddenly, your air conditioner and heater barely have to run to keep your interior air at your optimal temperature. This can equate to a savings of 50-80% on your energy bill, depending on the doors, windows, roofing, etc. Based on a CTL Thermal Mass Study a PolySteel wall has an equivalent R-Value of 50 +
Strength – ICF wall systems are rated to withstand extreme weather conditions, including tornados and hurricanes. They can endure winds in excess of 140 miles per hour. In addition, they are rated safe for earthquake zones, as well.
Durability – These walls will not settle, crack, warp, rot, mildew, rust of even vibrate when you slam a door.
Termite Resistant - American PolySteel has licensed the patented termite-resistant technology,Perform Guard . Perform Guard is the only code-recognized method that allows foam plastic insulation to be installed below grade in the heavily infested termite areas of the country.
Quiet – ICF wall systems decrease the amount of sound that comes in from the outside by over half. It is the quietest building material on the market.
Comfortable – ICF wall systems result in an even temperature distribution throughout the house from floor to ceiling. There is less than two degrees Fahrenheit variation in an ICF home, compared to conventional homes that vary anywhere from five to ten degrees Fahrenheit. According to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers) points to uneven temperature distribution as a leading factor in people feeling uncomfortable. The “feel” of an ICF home is unsurpassed in comfort.
Cleaner Air – ICF systems prevent draft and air infiltration, meaning they prevent airborne contaminants. This is great because not only does it reduce allergens but dust as well.
Environmentally-Friendly – Aside from it reducing energy consumption due to heating and cooling, it also reduces construction waste. Each and every form will remain on the home or building. There is no construction waste resulting from this system whatsoever. So, not only are they a pleasure to you, but they are a benefit to the environment.
Fire Retardant – ICF systems can resist fires for up to four hours. Even when it starts to burn, the smoke is less toxic than burning wood.
Bullet Proof – Standing behind a concrete wall will shield you from any flying objects, including bullets. Sure, the chances are slim, but I will especially like this feature during hunting season.
Premium Reductions – Many insurance companies offer a premium reduction for homes with ICF system walls.