ICF (insulated concrete forms) is a construction system that consists of blocks made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) with plastic or metal bars that hold the block together. These blocks are are filled with concrete and are used as interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs.
We build with ICF
Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, prefers building with ICF as this system provides many benefits; it is cost-efficient, and it is the most environmentally friendly option. Building with ICF is becoming a handy building technique as ICF acts as an insulator, is energy efficient and water resistant.
Insulation is important
One of the key features ICF offers is internal and external insulation that eliminates energy loss. ICF structures withstand more internal vibration than regular structures and reduce temperature changes in your home. This means that you can minimize your heating and cooling costs because the temperature of your home will not fluctuate as much as standard structures and this also means that you can install smaller heating and cooling equipment.
Protecting the environment is a must
Sunset Homes is proud of being part of the Built Green program, and we seek to include building techniques that preserve our natural resources, and reduce pollution, while improving the durability of our homes. ICF construction is one of the most environmentally friendly choices.
ICF is a healthy option
Your choice on building materials is important; they may create a polluted indoor environment due to their compounds. Homes built with ICF offer a cleaner indoor environment, and ICF has been proven to be hypoallergenic.
ICF makes enduring and resilient structures
Homes built with ICF are more resistant to natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods, the last one being a very important quality in Calgary. The polystyrene foam on ICF makes it fire retardant and impact resistant. Also the steel and concrete reinforcement make the structure of your home seismic resistant as well.
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Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)
ICF is the most environmentally friendly choice for building your home, offers better insulation, will help you save in energy and is a resistant structure for your home.