ICF AND THE SELF BUILDER
Not all ICF products are the same and the size, design and material of the product can vary. Some systems are delivered complete and others are fabricated on site. The ICFA recommend talking to ICF suppliers as early as possible to identify the best product for your project and to discuss areas that may require special consideration.
WHY CHOOSE ICF?
Low running Costs
ICF structures offer low ‘U’ Values from 0.30W/m²K down to 0.10W/m²K. Dense concrete is the structural core with layers of insulation providing “thermal mass” benefits keeping the building warm inside in winter and vice versa in summer.
Good acoustic performance
Due to the density and thickness of the concrete cores within the ICF, excellent acoustic insulation is provided.
Healthy indoor enviornment
An ICF building will have minimal air leakage as it is a monolithic structure. Studies have shown this will benefit occupants with allergies and chest complaints due to reduced levels of dust and pollen within the property.
Minimal flood damage
Concrete and construction grade EPS are unaffected by water. ICF buildings are a good choice for flood risk areas, they will withstand the pressure of water and damage will be minimised.
Rot and Vermin
ICF structures do not rot and are unaffected by vermin and termites.
Wind, storm & earthquake
Since ICF systems are concrete framed structures, they can be designed to the relevant codes for earthquake zones and provide successful protection from heavy storms and high winds including hurricanes and tornadoes.
Easily adapted for future needs
Mortgage, insurance and planning acceptance
ICF structures, as a concrete framed building, are accepted by all reputable companies and organisations providing they have passed the recognised third-party tests and standards that are needed to obtain building approval. The Valuation Panel of the Council of Mortgage Lenders confirmed that ICF is acceptable for mortgage purposes as a standard form of construction. Click here to read the letter in full.
Minimal maintenance required
To speak on a specific matter with the chairman of the ICFA:
TEL: 01403 701167