ICF has a performace rating of R-50 making it equivilent to R50 batt insulation. It gives you a 50-80% savings on annual heating and cooling costs while allowing for a 40% reduction in HVAC equipment tonnage. There are also Federal Tax incentives up to $1.80/sq. ft. commercial/ $2000 each residential for energy efficient buildings.
Quality and Comfort
ICF provides sound resistant walls with a Sound Transmission Class Rating of 53 +. It is resistant to mold & mildew development as well as termites and other insects. ICF walls acts as a barrier to airborne dust, pollen and other allergens, providing superior air quality.
Safety and Security
The steel reinforced solid poured concrete walls have a 200 mph +/- sustained wind rating providing the ultimate in hurricane and tornado protection. The ICF walls have a UL approved 2 to 4 hour fire rating. The fire and wind ratings help it to qualify for greater insurance reductions
The ICF adapts easily to any floor plan; able to form any angle, arch or radius with no height limitations. Building plans can easily be converted to ICF at any stage of the project.
LEED® Credits for Architects
Using the ICF contributes to LEED® green building certification. It can earn up to 22 of the 26 points needed to qualify a building for LEED.
ICF walls go up faster than any other type of wall construction with ¼ the construction time of conventional walls. Lending costs are then reduced and occupancy earnings start sooner. The 5-in-1 wall system provides wall structure, insulation, sound barrier, vapor barrier and furring in a
one-step process. ICF is dimentionally equivilent to CMU providing an easy transistion to projects
with completed plans. Because the ICFs have less waste, it also makes for a cleaner jobsite.