What is the advantages of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) verse conventional building methods? Why would do you want to build with ICF?

With the new changes in the building code that has recently been put into effect. Insulated Concrete Forms have only increased its appeal to home owners. See the following link for a an article that compares both the pros and the cons of stick framing compared to Insulated Concrete Forms.

A couple of key points I took away are:

Advantages of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
-ICF Save time and Cost related to labour
-Insulated Concrete Forms offer higher level of energy efficiency
-Optimal curing environment for the concrete in ICF and thus stronger than conventional concrete
-Fire testing shows ICF drastically superior compared to conventional stick frame structures
-On average an ICF wall is constructed with R-25 insulation, however because of three factors: 1) Expanded polystyrene 2)Thermal stability of wall 3)Suppression of Air Leakage, ICF walls perform as high as an R-40, R-50
-Energy savings of 20% or more

Disadvantages of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
-Slightly higher Cost
-Thicker walls on average 12″ take up more living space than a 6″ stick framed wall

Want to read more? Read the article for yourself at:

http://dcourier.com/news/2016/mar/18/column-pros-and-cons-stick-framing-versus-integrat/

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