Looking to save on high energy costs? Build a new concrete home

The latest home-building technology is finally putting a major dent in the high cost of heating and cooling. If you are in the market to build the most energy efficient new home possible, experts recommend you should consider the many benefits of concrete. Concrete houses made using the latest advanced system of pre-fabricated, interlocking insulated concrete forms (ICFs) can help you save on energy consumption and cut your energy bills by more than half. “Our ICF system creates an envelope of superior strength, continuous insulation, conservation and energy efficiency,” explained Keven Rector at NUDURA, a leading name in building with insulated concrete forms. “They provide tighter construction and stronger insulation as the walls conserve heating and cooling energy in a muchmore efficient manner than traditional wooden-frame walls. Subsequently, monthly energy consumption bills are considerably reduced.” Concrete houses lead to an array of savings The Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) recently conducted third-party testing from CLEB Laboratories which highlights the energy savings of ICF when compared to conventional wood framing. The thermal study proves an ICF wall can achieve up to 60% energy savings and 58% greater R-value for home and building owners. How does it work? At the building [...]

By |2019-07-23T15:52:48-05:00July 30, 2019|Design|

Building with Comfort in Mind? Why ICFs Are Better Than Wood

Building with comfort in mind? What’s the best choice of materials if you want to build a well-insulated, quiet home or building? Perhaps you’re building for the hospitality industry. Maybe you’re approaching retirement and want to build a quiet retreat for yourself. Whether you’re a builder, a homeowner or an architect, comfort is an important - and often times leading decision - resulting in a greater quality of life, greater productivity in workplaces and so on. So, what’s the best option? This blog post will show you why Steel Creek Developers and Plett Construction chose insulating concrete forms - ICFs - over wood when building Souris Hotel in Manitoba. This build was the recent recipient of the Logix ICF Awards, showcasing the most ground-breaking and innovative projects in the ICF industry.The Souris Hotel was selected out of thousands of projects across North America! Why Steel Creek Developers Chose ICFs For Souris Hotel First, a little about this particular project: it’s a unique build in that it’s part condo and part hotel. There’s a 3-story hotel suite with 29 rooms on one side and an 18-suite senior’s condo on the other side. This project was built by Steel Creek Developers who [...]

By |2019-06-07T22:38:06-05:00June 7, 2019|ICF Projects|

ICF Design Guide for Multi-storey Buildings

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.

By |2018-03-08T03:19:17-06:00March 6, 2018|
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