For the most, home buyers consider the energy efficiency and strength benefits of an ICF construction.
This is significant because the US Department of Housing and Urban Development found that ICF construction could save 25% on annual heating and cooling costs, compared to traditional timber-studded homes. ICF is also widely deployed to increase safety in areas vulnerable to high winds and forest fires.
But when people start living in a new ICF home, they start to see some additional benefits, especially for their safety.
A Closer Look
ICF grooves, surrounded by 6 inches of concrete and 4 inches of foam, block ambient noise. No traffic noise or airplane will be heard overhead, and the neighbor’s barking dog will be a faint hum. The sound of the room between the rooms is weakened, so you won’t bother people in other parts of the house without hearing loud music or TV sound.
ICF housing is also essentially enclosed, making pollen and other stimulants harder to find indoors.
ICF is particularly easy to maintain temperature using a suitably sized HVAC system. There are no draft points due to leaked walls or condensation. You do not need to wear a sweater in the ICF basement in winter.
People who have built and lived in ICF homes say they can stick to their homes. ICF grooves are more rugged and durable. The walls are thicker than in wooden houses. Doors and windows are closed with a solid feel because the frame does not bend.
ICF structures bring a lot of inherent benefits to any construction site. But don’t take our word for it – get in touch with us today and find out for yourself. Whether you use it to soundproof your home or simply as an investment in lower maintenance costs, this groundbreaking insulated construction material has a place in any home.