Insulated Concrete Form construction

October 30, 2006 at 3:05 am Leave a comment

ICF construction The current Habitat for Humanity house in Tehachapi uses Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction technology. ICFs are basically forms for poured concrete walls that stay in place as a permanent part of the house. The forms are made of EPS foam insulation, sort of like the foam in the cooler you pick up at the store on the way to beach, and are pre-formed into interlocking blocks which are stacked in place like Legos. The forms are left in place after being filled with rebar and concrete and provide two layers of insulation (one inside and one outside) and also backing for drywall on the inside, and stucco on the outside. ICF houses are energy-efficient, have low air-infiltration rates, are fire and wind resistant, and are quiet.

I want one.

Oh, for the Tehachapi house we’re using forms made by NUDURA. The site was down as I wrote this, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read it.


Entry filed under: Buildings, Habitat for Humanity.

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