Building Green with I.C.F. in a Nutshell:
Insulated Concrete Forms or ICF’s are an insulating forming system made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) for poured-in-place concrete walls and foundations.
Simply put ICF is a forming system for concrete. Since many people have never seen an ICF, think of them as giant Lego® building blocks.
Once your footing or slab has been poured, ICF’s are stacked in staggered courses to form your wall system (basements, garages, first, second and multiple story walls) in both commercial and residential applications. Once concrete is placed in them, the form stays on as a permanent part of the wall assembly. Once the walls have cured, they form an incredibly strong monolithic structure that is permanent and non-deteriorating
Green Building with Amvic ICF
If you would like to build a structure that is environmentally friendly and sustainable, Amvic ICF is an excellent building alternative. There are several elements that make Amvic ICF green which are outlined below.
Reduces Energy Consumption & Harmful Emissions
Amvic ICF structures combine expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation and concrete thermal mass. This highly effective combination of materials minimizes temperature fluctuations by absorbing and storing heat. This equates to an average of approximately 30-50% reduction in energy consumption for heating and cooling, which results in an equivalent reduction in harmful emissions.
Furthermore, Amvic manufacturing centers use steam and cold water to produce ICFs. No CFC’s, HCFC’s, formaldehyde or any chemicals are used in Amvic’s manufacturing process and no off-gassing is present.
In order to protect our atmosphere and ourselves, it is essential to limit the number of trees we cut down. Every Amvic home saves several trees, which absorb carbon dioxide and give us oxygen.
Uses Recycled Materials
Amvic ICF webs are manufactured using 100% post-industrial recycled polypropylene. This means that over 60% of the weight of an Amvic ICF block is comprised of recycled materials.