Insulated Concrete Forms – the right choice for you.
If you want your home to stand up to the changing climate, save you money on temperature regulation, and outlast your expectations, have it built with Nudura’s Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs). These forms are made for homes of all sizes and provide a number of lasting benefits. Let’s take a look at how Eastern Western Construction’s use of Nudura ICFs could change the future of your home’s performance.
What Are ICFs?
Nudura’s Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are premade, flat packed parts that can be put together to form the walls of a building. These parts are made of steel-reinforced concrete and are made to withstand anything you can throw at them.
While you may be used to the traditional wooden structures used in many suburban houses of the 21st century, it’s time to look at our changing needs as a society. Nudura ICFs are a chance to reconsider our needs. 10 times stronger than wooden frames, several times stronger than CMU cinderblock construction, and able to withstand even extraordinary weather events, ICFs are the superior choice when deciding how to structure your home.
What Are They For?
ICFs are used to build the exterior wall structure of your home. That makes them perfect for new homes of any size, home additions, or extensive remodeling. If there will be a need for exterior walls in your upcoming construction, there’s a place for ICFs.
What Do ICFs Do?
While there are many benefits to ICFs, one of the most important is how it improves safety. It does this in a number of ways. From increased structural integrity to its ability to hold off weather or environmental disasters, ICFs save lives.
With the increase in global forest fires, it’s not surprising that we’re looking for safer alternatives to the extremely flammable wooden home structure. ICFs are made of steel-reinforced concrete and have been proven to hold off external fires for up to 4 hours. 4 hours is easily the difference between life and death. ICFs give you time to escape a burning home to safety or wait on emergency help when trapped.
We also can’t ignore the increase in atypical tornado presence since the rise in climate dysregulation. Whether your home is being hit with an F4 tornado, with wind speeds of up to 250mph, or an unexpected storm, a home made of ICFs will hold up.
Insulated Concrete Forms can save you money in 3 primary ways. First, there’s the long-term saving of ICFs’ low maintenance requirements. Most homes require maintenance to their walls after a number of years. Damage is easy to come buy when your home is built from wood. ICFs require very little maintenance over the course of their 100+ years of life.
Next, you can expect to save a lot of money on cooling and heating. ICFs are especially adept at regulating temperature. ICFs are insulated through and through, have zero gaps for air leakage, and provide airflow within the walls. Therefore, your heating and cooling costs can drop by as much as 60% per year. That’s the benefit of thermal mass walls. They do much of the temperature regulation for you so that your wallet doesn’t have to.
On the construction end of things, ICFs save money for custom home buyers and construction companies alike. Because ICFs are produced and sold in packs, they’re easy to transport and quick to put together. This saves a lot of time and cuts down on labor costs.
Create a More Comfortable Home
If you’re frequently having to fight your thermostat to keep your home at a consistent temperature, you’ll love ICFs. Because ICFs allow airflow within the walls, they provide consistent temperature regulation throughout any house. Say goodbye to a hot second floor while your main floor is freezing. ICFs will bring comfort to you on every floor.
Reduce Environmental Impact
While ICFs being made to address changes in the environment benefit us in regard to temperature regulation, they also benefit the environment itself. ICFs are made from 100% recycled polypropylene, reducing the carbon footprint of your home’s construction. Plus, without the need for a wooden structure, your home isn’t contributing to deforestation like so many others. And, lastly, the reduced need for heating and cooling in your home cuts down on your electricity costs, demanding less energy from your local infrastructure.
Learn More About ICFs
There’s a lot to be said about Insulated Concrete Forms. Fortunately, you can find more technical details at www.NUDURA.com. Check out the Nudura website for answers to your ICF questions. Moreover, let us know you’re interested in ICFs when we begin the home planning process. Together, we can build you a home made to provide lasting satisfaction.