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Choosing ICFs

Excerpt taken from ICF Builder Magazine

Builders and homeowners across the continent are making the switch to ICFs. Here’s why:

A Florida builder started using ICFs after seeing the effects of Hurricane Andrew, combined with a 100% rise in the cost of lumber, He decided on ICFs due to their strength, price stability, energy efficiency, and availability. .

A Cincinnati, Ohio, builder says he can pour practically all winter because the foam forms keep the concrete warm while it cures. If its 20 degrees or warmer, he "doesn’t even give pouring a second thought."

One builder in the Chestertown, Maryland area says he prefers ICFs because they provide smoother scheduling. ICF walls eliminate cavity insulation, exterior sheathing, and house wrap.

The most common reasons for homeowner satisfaction were lack of noise transmission, wide window sills, and improved energy efficiency, which translates to lower utility bills.

A retired couple in Virginia Beach say they appreciate their ICF home more the longer they live in it. They consider their home to be energy efficient, soundly constructed and to have a look of "solidness" to it. The wide window sills contribute to this feeling and provide a nice area for decorating. They also appreciate how quiet it is and believe this feature will provide a marketable benefit during re-sale as the house is in close proximity to a naval air station. Low utility bills and high levels of comfort attest to the energy efficiency of the home.




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