This guide has been compiled by the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) which is a membership organization of ICF manufacturers and other stakeholders in concrete construction. The information presented herein has been collected from a cross-section of industry professionals who are dedicated to the construction of high-performance buildings that employ insulating concrete form (ICF) technology. This effort is only intended to pass along a pool of general knowledge that can assist in the design of ICF/Concrete buildings without endorsing any one ICF brand.
Information presented here is advisory in nature only, and is not meant to (replace, supplant) provisions contained in national or local building codes. In the event that information in this manual conflicts with any building code, the building code provision shall govern.
This is an architectural material selection design guide for the design and construction of multi-storey buildings utilizing insulating concrete forms. The framework of factors in the review and selection of building material involves specific categories, each with defining elements that create the advantages/disadvantages characteristics for inclusion in a project design.
This guide addresses each of these major categories and explains the characteristics and benefits of insulating concrete forms for each. We hope you will realize and appreciate after a review of this guide that insulating concrete forms are basically a simple concrete forming system that overachieves in any category, both as a building product and one of the main components of the building envelope.
THERMAL STUDY PROVES AN INSULATING CONCRETE FORM WALL CAN ACHIEVE UP TO 60% ENERGY SAVINGS AND 58% GREATER R-VALUE/RSI FOR HOME AND BUILDING OWNERS The Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) recently commissioned CLEB Laboratories (formerly known as Air-Ins Inc.) to conduct the first in a series of accredited whole wall thermal studies. This installment…Read moreRead more
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CLEB LABORATORIES Thermal wall study quantifies ICF Thermal Mass Effect In Ground Breaking Test Ottawa, ON., July 1st, 2017 – CLEB Laboratories recently conducted a comprehensive series of impartial studies comparing a traditional insulated wood frame cavity wall to standard 6 inch (150mm) core insulating concrete form (ICF) wall, which demonstrated and quantified the thermal mass…Read moreRead more
CLEB LABORATORIES Thermal Study Proves BUILDING WITH INSULATING CONCRETE FORMS Can Achieve UP TO 60% in Energy Savings for Home & BUILDING owners Ottawa, ON., June 1st, 2017 – The recent study published by CLEB Laboratories produced surprisingly revealing data; confirming dramatically superior ICF energy-efficiency providing up to 60% in energy savings for home and…Read moreRead more
Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) Suite 460, 11-300 Earl Grey Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2T 1C1 email@example.com Breakthrough thermal study proves ICF walls provide up to 58% more R-Value/RSI than wood frame Walls. Ottawa, ON., May 8th, 2017 – The Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) recently commissioned CLEB Laboratories to conduct a comprehensive series…Read moreRead more
Whole Wall Thermal Study Proves BUILDING WITH INSULATED CONCRETE FORMS Can Achieve UP TO 58% Annual Energy Savings for Homeowners Ottawa, ON., March 21, 2017 – The Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) recently commissioned a comprehensive series of impartial studies comparing traditional insulated wood frame cavity wall construction to standard 6 inch (150mm) core…Read moreRead more