An article published by Alternative Energy in August 2016 describes the many advantages of using ICF construction methods in new homes and renovations including the substantial energy savings that can be achieved by residents.
Short for insulated concrete form, ICF resembles a hollow block, but can be a mould with built-in insulation. During construction, concrete forms are stacked and loaded with concrete and reinforcing bar to create strong walls that are not only insulated but also have a vapour barrier.
Energy savings are, by far, the most important benefit of the insulated concrete form building method, resulting in cost savings as well as environmental gains for the homeowner. The efficient insulation of ICF construction provides energy benefits in all seasons, with the homeowner able to achieve substantial savings through lower cooling and heating bills.
Studies reveal that houses constructed with insulated concrete forms use 44 per cent less energy for heating and 32 per cent less energy to cool compared with homes built using traditional methods. Depending on the area of the house, this could translate into hundreds of dollars in savings each year.
ICF is an environmentally-sensitive construction method that reduces the homeowner’s dependence on appliances as well as energy use. Insulated concrete forms help increase natural cooling and heating of the home, creating an energy-efficient environment.
Insulated concrete forms also influence how energy is used and distributed within a home. The concrete in ICF construction allows the shape to reduce big swings in temperature with the insulated walls contributing to better temperature control in the interior environment.
Consider ICF construction for your next new building or renovation if you want to reduce construction time, save money on cooling and heating bills, and also create an eco-sensitive living space.
ZEGO Building Systems is an Australian family owned company specialising in the manufacture and supply of insulated concrete forms, formwork and alternative wall building systems.
Image: Houses constructed with insulated concrete forms use 44% less energy for heating and 32% less energy to cool than houses built with traditional construction methods