ICF is so efficient to build with and easy to use, that the cost of building an ICF house is comparable to that of an ordinary wood-framed house but you get so much more home for your money.
Building an ICF home has some sizable advantages. They are extremely weather resistant – ICF wall systems are rated to withstand extreme weather conditions, including tornadoes and high winds in excess of 250 miles per hour.
ICF wall systems are also fire resistant and safe for earthquake zones. Other benefits include noise reduction, even temperature distribution, and allergen and dust reduction.
High Energy Efficiency – An ICF home provides substantial savings to the monthly cost of operating your home. When you keep the cold or hot outside air from coming in and keep your air conditioned or heated air from going out your air conditioner and heater won’t have to run as much so your inside temperature will be optimal. This results in typical energy savings of about 50-80% depending on your doors, windows and roofing. Building a concrete home with insulating concrete forms (ICFs) saves energy and money. The greater insulation, tighter construction, and temperature-smoothing mass of the walls conserve heating and cooling energy much better than conventional wood-frame walls. This reduces monthly fuel bills. It also allows use of smaller heating and cooling equipment, saving money in construction costs.
Unlimited choices of finishes both externally and internally. Externally, stucco, replica stone, stone, brick, tile hanging, sidings wood or vinyl and internally, plasters or plasterboard, either dot & dabbed, or screw fixed.