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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.