Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are hollow EPS forms that are erected at the construction site, and then filled with five or six inches of reinforced concrete. Unlike traditional concrete forms, which are removed after the concrete cures, ICFs are left in place.
ICFs give you all the benefits that have made concrete the material of choice for home building worldwide: Solid, lasting construction that resists the ravages of fire, wind, and time. But ICFs do plain concrete one better – or rather, two better – by giving you two built-in layers of foam insulation.
This gives an ICF building some sizable advantages over traditional building methods: greater energy efficiency, and more peace & quiet. More sheer day-to-day living comfort. All wrapped up in a solid, high-quality building package that gives an ICF home an utterly remarkable feel that really has to be experienced to be believed. As soon as you step inside, you can tell that an ICF building is extraordinary. It's not just beautiful, comfortable and quiet. You can feel that it's solid, and built to last.
The EPS-IA has a number of resources and educational materials available to those interested in learning more about ICFs.
For information on the AIA sponsored “ICF 101” Continuing Education seminar, please contact the EPS-IA at 888-864-4232.
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