Pro/Cons using Insulating Concrete Forms for Custom Homes

At Myles Nelson McKenzie Design, we use Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) for our residential construction projects with basements. in we first started toPark City, Utah back in the mid-1990’s. We use them for our project stem walls and basement foundation walls.

Insulating Concrete Forms for Custom Homes

Quad-Lock Insulating Concrete Form (ICFs) Footing Detail

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are a great product to speed up the construction time for residential stem and basement walls with several additional advantages, such as;

  • Energy-Efficient-Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are very energy-efficient with a minimum of a R-22 insulation factor. This is the result of continuous EPS insulation (higher & uniform R-value), greatly reduced air infiltration, and the thermal mass effect of concrete as Quad-Lock, a manufacture of Insulating Concrete Forms mentioned. (Click here for additional energy-efficient information from Quad-Lock) With Insulating Concrete Forms you will find that there are no drafts or cold spots, thus greatly reducing the amount of fuel needed for heating and cooling.
  • Quick Construction Time-The versatility of the product allows for quick assembly of the Insulating Concrete Form Blocks. A crew of four men can assemble an average 1600 sf ranch style house in a day.
  • Construction Strength-With the construction assembly of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), the walls are “cast-in-place,” monolithic continuous reinforced concrete. Quad-Lock ICFs forms offers various wall widths (4″- 12″) for different applications.
  • Fire Resistant-Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) can have up to a four-hour Fire Resistive Rating. Quad-Lock mention that their black assembly with 8″ concrete thickness is 4 hours per UL tests. Great for the mountain project with high fire issues!
  • Mold and Moisture-Resistant-Walls made with Insulated Concrete Walls, which are inorganic nature of most (ICFs) do not support mold growth ensuring unwanted allergens, pollutants and mold.
  • Green Product-Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are made from recycled material and with construction site waste a minimum, which can be recycled, it is great environmental product for residential and commercial construction.
  • LEED-The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council, evaluates the total environmental performance of a building over its life cycle. Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) contribute significantly towards the credits in several LEED certification areas.
  • Property Insurances-Many companies will give discounts to ICF building owners for disaster and fire insurance, a nice benefit!

So, what is the Pro/Cons of using Insulating Concrete Forms for residential and commercial projects?

There are no cons! Just a great deal of advantages of using Insulating Concrete Forms for any new residential or commercial construction project.

Contact us today at Myles Nelson McKenzie Design and ask us to design your next custom home, using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs).

Information reference-Quad-Lock Forms.


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