for decades, homes were built using a traditional stud-wall construction, but in recent years, an innovative eps technology called icf has been used to engineer homes to withstand the ravages of fire and hurricanes.
icfs are hollow eps forms that are erected at the construction site and then filled with five or six inches of reinforced concrete. Unlike traditional concrete forms, which are removed after the concrete cures, icfs are left in place.
icfbecause the concrete core is surrounded with eps insulation, icfs provide superior r-values and sound-deadening qualities. But because super-strong concrete is at the center, they also offer the strength to withstand the forces of nature that would normally destroy houses built using traditional building methods.
the engineers and technicians at tri state foam have worked to perfect the use of icfs in homes and buildings. Our experience and custom engineering services will assure you a cost effective application of this smart innovation. Together, we will assist you in the formation of design ideas for all types of eps applications.
icfs offer several benefits to home owners, including:
greater comfort and lower energy bills
icfs are known for their high thermal performance. An icf wall with four inches of type ii astm c578 polystyrene foam insulation, combined with a five-inch concrete wall, is rated above r-17 at test temperatures averaging 75 degrees fahrenheit. Air barriers provided by eps insulation and concrete eliminate convection currents and the high thermal mass of the concrete walls buffers the home's interior from extreme outdoor temperatures. The result is a 25 to 50 percent energy savings over traditional stud-wall or steel-frame homes.