ICFs: Strong and Ecological

ICF construction provides eco-friendly, sustainable development.

With the present generations’ increasing focus on saving planet earth, several key initiatives are being adopted to reduce our negative impact on the environment. One of the leading movements today is the focus on sustainable development. The expression might sound complex, but in fact, simply applies to any kind of development that meets today’s needs without compromising those of tomorrow.

In that spirit, construction with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) follows the principles of sustainability to promote a better quality of life for present and future generations.

ICF constructed buildings are sustainable, qualify for LEED certification, and allow architects and engineers to come up with longer-lasting structures that use fewer natural resources. In other words, ICF is synonymous with ecological efficiency.

ICFs Help Reduce Waste and Emissions

Not only do NUDURA ICFs reduce waste on any given construction site, but they also make for waste that is 100 percent recyclable. Indeed, the blocks require fewer natural resources such as gas, electricity, and wood. ICFs can generate as little as just 1 percent construction waste, and given they are produced without any CFCs, HCFCs, or chemicals, the blocks considerably cut down air pollution and land filling-induced methane emissions.

ICFs Are Energy Efficient, Resilient

A compelling aspect of ICF walls is they propose a “6-in-1” formula. Insulated concrete forms simultaneously provide a form system, structural strength, insulation, vapor barrier, sound barrier, and attachment for sheetrock and exterior finishes in one simple step.

ICFs are durable and resilient in adverse conditions. For example, insulated concrete forms offer protection against fires, earthquakes, severe storms, tornados, and flooding. Government-led public institutions, private programs, and building codes are all supporting and recognizing disaster resilient building design and continuous thermal insulation – both of which have changed from traditional construction methodologies to providing green buildings with measurable results. ICFs deliver on all those agencies’ criteria in terms of constructions requirements.

Indeed, it can be said that ICF construction contributes to building safer communities through sustainable construction and providing a healthier way of life for years to come.

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