Friday, October 20, 2006

As Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) gain in popularity with builders and architects. Homeowner need to know more about there benefits. Listed below are some impressive homeowner benefits of ICFs that you should know about :

Strength: ICF walls benefit from concrete's inherent structural qualities, particularly important in regions affected by severe weather. A reinforced concrete monolithic concrete wall offers far superior strength and safety when compared to wood construction.

Lower Utility Bills: The combination of a continuous concrete wall plus the integral interior and exterior insulation provides superb energy efficiency.

Indoor Environmental Quality: ICF's energy efficiency translates into more even, consistent temperatures throughout the home. Outdoor pollutants can be kept to a minimum - particularly important to allergy sufferers. A fresh air exchanger (strongly recommended) helps regulate humidity in the home for maximum comfort.

Soundproofing: With several inches of concrete sandwiched by foam insulation, ICF homes are typically quieter than neighboring homes built conventionally.

Environmentally Friendly: The use of wood products is significantly reduced and far less fuel will be required to heating and cooling. Concrete homes are a Green method of construction.

Fire Rating: Three hours protection from a 6" concrete wall.