Reduce construction time with ICFs

| by David Morris
Reduce construction time with ICFs

For builders time is money. A builder that can take days or weeks out of the construction cycle will be more profitable in the long run.

But knowing how where to take out steps in the process without diminishing quality is the hard part. The answer is insulated concrete form construction. Builders can deliver a better home, faster.

In a traditional stick-built home, the trades have to circle the home several times for framing, insulation, house wrap, vapor barriers and so on. Insulated concrete forms – a sandwich of EPS foam around concrete – complete these steps in one operation.

Builders complete five layers of a home at once: structure, continuous insulation, furring attachments, air barrier and vapor barrier. That means there's no house wrap flapping in the breeze or rain soaking the studs while waiting for subcontractors to finish their tasks.

A small team of experienced ICF builders can lay the blocks for a single-story house in a day, and then pour the next day. Within two days a house can be framed and wrapped, ready to go under roof. There's no need for caulking or sealing, or interior or exterior barriers.

Depending on the climate, when the ICF wall is stacked and poured, it's ready for interior and exterior finishes. Extremely low temperatures could require additional insulation.

Inside, the home can be finished with standard gypsum board. Outside, any cladding from vinyl siding to brick to stucco is compatible with an ICF wall.

Trades can move in quickly to install plumbing, electrical and HVAC. The foam is easily cut to accommodate wiring and pipes, so those steps move quickly.

For some builders, ICFs are replacing wood-framed construction. They have found a better way. Take a look at ICF construction for your next residential project to see if it's a better way for you to build homes.

This blog was developed by Fox Blocks. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.

Topics: Building Green, Foundations, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks

David Morris
A Detroit native, David T. Morris, LEED® Green Associate, used his drive for entrepreneurship, innovation & new product development to develop a patented product and later took a new building product to market. In 2012, he became U.S. East Regional Manager with Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Company, managing ICF sales in seven states. Since 2006, David has delivered more than 140 IFA/ICF training seminars to contractors, plus another 120 presentations to architects and engineers. He is a featured speaker and SME on High-Performance Buildings, and his efforts have resulted in environmentally friendly construction being specified for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings throughout the country.

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