ICF construction

4 Benefits of Using ICFs for Building Swimming Pools

ICFs are gaining popularity as the material of choice for basements and above grade walls. But did you know that insulated concrete forms are also the ideal solution for building swimming pool walls? Logix ICFs provide both the pool builder and user with several key benefits, including energy efficiency, design versatility, and ease of installation. In the post below, we will examine these most crucial advantages of ICF swimming pools in greater detail. 1. Reduce Reliance on Skilled Labor Logix ICF Being Installed For Pool Walls You don’t need specialized, skilled laborers to build swimming pools with ICFs. ICF construction is a relatively straightforward building technique, and a local crew experienced with ICFs should be up to the task of constructing an ICF pool with speed and quality. That’s because ICFs are essentially stay-in-place forms, which are incredibly easy to erect and modify to suit the design at hand. This ability to build pools without skilled labor means that you can execute your projects cheaper and faster, especially given the current, persisting skilled worker shortage. What’s more, there’s no need to risk your project schedule by placing your trust in unpredictable supply chains and ordering rare, exotic building [...]

By |2023-05-11T13:40:51-05:00May 11, 2023|Design, Featured|

ICF Construction: An Introductory Guide to ICFs for Designers and Architects

For architects who need to design energy-efficient structures without changing their typical design processes, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) offer the ideal combination of insulating power, design and aesthetic versatility, and ease of installation. An insulated concrete form is comprised of two layers of EPS filled with concrete and supported with rebar, and it is used for foundations and structural walls. These forms provide thick, continuously insulated walls that come with many additional benefits. ICFs help architects, designers and contractors stay on schedule, build durable, beautiful projects and meet or exceed increasingly strict energy codes for insulation. Constructing with ICFs reduces the building’s carbon footprint and saves money on energy bills and reduced maintenance and repairs when compared to traditional building methods, such as wood frame construction. According to ICF studies, ICF construction generated up to 60% energy savings and provided 58% better effective R-Value/RSI. Plus, you can build year-round with ICFs, even in below-freezing temperatures, so you never have to slow operations. With traditional wood framing, you have to constantly clear the materials, such as the subfloor and bottom wall plate locations, of any snow or ice before you can start working for the day. There’s also a constant threat of moisture [...]

By |2022-04-20T07:59:50-05:00June 14, 2022|Design, Featured|

ICF Home Survives Hurricane Michael

The "Sand Palace" a model of resilient architecture It was easily the most noticeable house on the oceanfront of Mexico Beach, Florida…simply because it was still standing. On October 10, 2018, Mexico Beach was flattened by Hurricane Michael and amongst the devastating destruction, one home stood upright on stilts above all the apocalyptic destruction, appearing largely unscathed and shining majestically in the sun. The home, known as the "Sand Palace", would garner the attention of countless national and local media outlets fascinated by its story of incredible resilience faced with such a powerful destructive force.  The New York Times, CNN, Weather Network, Fox News and several others all clamored to find out why the three-story, four-bedroom, 4½ bath vacation rental was able to withstand the sustained 155 miles per hour winds that wreaked havoc on all that surrounded it.  And what they found according to its owners, Dr. Lebron Lackey and his uncle, Russell King, was that the home was specifically designed to do just that – survive "the big one". "At every point, from pilings to the roof and everything in between, when it came time to make a decision about what level of material or what to use, [...]

By |2019-07-24T17:31:31-05:00July 24, 2019|Design, Featured, ICF Projects|
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