What can you build with Insulated Concrete Forms?
You can use ICFs for foundations, exterior above grade walls, sound walls, residential, commercial, and industrial walls.
How long have ICFs for homes been in wide use?
Primarily since the 1990s, though the discovery of the technology was long before. Residential use outpaces commercial use, but that is quickly changing. The City of Waterloo Ontario, Canada, for example, is a hotbed of ICF construction. It has 14 commercial projects underway.
How do ICFs benefit a commercial structure?
There are no design limitations so your market segments are unlimited.
Labor costs are lower due to only the need for a highly skilled foreman.
On-the-job injury rates are reduced due to lack of heavy lifting.
Eco-friendly energy savings are always a master selling point.
Let's look at a Project Profile.
The Grand Caribbean is a 6-story, 150,000 square foot condominium complex in Orange Beach, Alabama. It has withstood two major hurricanes since it was completed in 2003. Damage was minimal.
The owners are amazed at their low energy bills, maintenance-free units and soundproof walls. Actually most of them in a recent interview said their bills were about $ 25 a month. The complex sits less than 50 feet from a 6-lane highway, and owners say that they can't hear the noise once the door shuts.
All of the walls are ICFs. This was the prime reason for the project's success. When Hurricane Katrina hit, the building had zero damage. When Ivan hit, the Grand Caribbean suffered zero structural damage. Two days after the storm it was certified safe to live in. That is an exceptional testimonial.
Insulated Concrete Forms are the greener, and the preferred way to build your quality commercial structure!