The cost of energy and water is growing not only for the individual, but also for the environment. Innovative techniques in construction can reduce the toll this takes on your bills and your home. Even small changes can have a big impact. For example, Better insulated homes use less energy to heat in the winter and to cool in the summer. Modern devices such as instant-on water heaters can help with water conservation. Building smart can lower the cost of maintaining a home and the impact the home may have on the environment.
Insulated Concrete Forms have three elements: the outer shell (made from a variety of materials), steel reinforcements, and an inner wall of concrete. This technique has numerous benefits ranging from durability to being environmentally friendly.
ICFs use less energy to heat or cool, and maintain temperatures longer than standard insulation. This significantly cuts down on energy use.
Another benefit is an all-around more comfortable home. Not only do ICFs insulate against moisture, making them exceptionally strong against molds, the thickness of these walls significantly reduces exterior noise. This may not be something normally considered when buying a house, but it definitely helps create a quiet, comfortable environment inside the home.
A typical wood framed construction offers one-hour fire rated walls. ICF walls have a fire rating as high as four hours, meaning they are far less susceptible to surface flames.
The ICF wall system is capable of withstanding impact from debris in high winds commonly experienced during extreme weather like hurricanes and tornadoes. Both are increasingly common in eastern North Carolina. Watch this video clip below to see the impact resistance of an ICF wall system. Read the Extreme Weather Brochure (PDF) for more details.