Whole Building Construction
ICF’s are not just for foundations. Many of our projects use ICF’s for all the exterior wall construction, both above ground and below. Reinforced concrete is one of the strongest building products available and coupled with the EPS foam insulation, it is also one of the most energy efficient. ICF Construction is in line with the cost of traditional construction and ICFs are used to build small and large homes, schools, churches, and other commercial buildings.
Advantages of ICF Construction
With the thermal mass of the concrete and the high insulating properties of the EPS foam, your ICF home can reduce heating and cooling costs by over 50% compared to conventional construction.
ICFs work to provide energy efficiency in the three categories of thermal transfer:
All the above categories work together to achieve an “effective R” of around a 45 in our Maine climate for the whole structure. What this means, is that a traditional stick built home would have to be insulated to an R-45 to achieve the same energy efficiency as an ICF structure. This makes ICF costs comparable to traditional building methods with better results.
ICF structures will stand the test of time. The EPS foam will not breakdown over time which provides the structure with consistent insulation protection for the life of the structure. ICF structures can withstand fire for up to 4 hours, winds up to 200+ MPH and seismic activity. Insect, such as ants, are not attracted to the foam as a food source. There is no food value in the foam and with the foam properly covered there are not any access points for insects or ants.