ICF continues to make waves around the residential and commercial construction industries, which promises a lot of good things for property owners. If you need a little introductory course to why this material is worthy of your attention, read on.
It comes with superior engineering characteristics
By their design, this material is engineered to outperform homes that are built with traditional framing methodologies. ICFs provide continuous insulation on both sides of residential and commercial walls, which means there is lesser potential for thermal bridging and energy loss. As such, properties built with ICFs are said to achieve Home Energy Rating System scores that range between 40 to 50, which means they surpass building code requirements by a lot.
It comes with a lot of cost benefits
The biggest drawback about ICF construction is the higher initial costs; the material can add around two dollars per square foot of your intended property’s area, which can tot up quite high numbers for larger houses or commercial properties. However, the material will offset the costs wonderfully, in the long run, with its array of offered cost benefits.
The first is energy savings. A traditionally-framed house can curb energy use, provided that it comes with components that are designed to be specifically energy efficient. But a house built with ICFs can easily save as much as 25 percent on energy costs every year, because of the superior insulating capacities of the material. Wherever you may live and however much energy consumption costs in your area, you will definitely be thankful for these savings.
ICF properties also have lesser need for repairs and maintenance as the material is durable and long-lasting.
It can stand up to a lot of weather extremes
Finally, if you live or work in a property that has been framed with insulated concrete forms, you will be sheltered from the worst of the weather conditions for a longer time, compared to other types of materials. ICFs are considered to be more impervious to:
- Fire. ICFs have higher fire ratings than traditional framing materials, which is why insurance companies offer lower premiums to properties that are framed with this material.
- Wind. ICFs have been found to stand up to high winds; homes with ICFs are especially recommended for areas that are prone to hurricanes.
- Impact. There is also a lesser potential for structural damage from impact from flying debris and other sources, in cases of storms and other inclement weather conditions, for properties that have concrete formworks.