Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are reinforced concrete forms with rigid thermal insulation. These forms can be used in a variety of capacities – walls, floors, and roofs; they can also be used as permanent interior or exterior substrate. ICFs are usually dry-stacked and then filled with concrete for better insulation and a firmer foundation.
Why choose ICFs?
- Higher R-Value
- Durable and weather resistant
- Increase in overall energy efficiency
- Eco-friendly material
- Mould resistant
- Sound absorption
- Fire resistant
- Vermin resistant
Up To Kode’s Insulated Concrete Forms
Up to Kode first starting working with Insulated Concrete Forms in 2008, and introduced complete ICF homes in 2012, taking the concrete to the underside of trusses. To date, we have personally built 5 basements (2 with walk-outs) and 3 complete homes with Insulated Concrete Forms (2 of which were walk-out basements).
In the very near future the Alberta Government will implement new changes to the energy codes as part of the 2012 Building Code Book. Part of the changes is how R-Value is calculated. They now take a U-Value which is the average value of the wall. A regular 2×6 wood framed wall is now considered a U-13 taking into consideration all the building components. An ICF wall is typically R-22-24, almost double of a traditional wall.(Let’s not forget thermal mass which adds to this. Ask us how). This code change has already been implemented by Ontario and British Columbia. They call for continuous insulation and are only allowed to lose 50% of the R-value over thermal breaks (eg. a stud is a thermal break). Underslab insulation also has to tie into the insulation of the basement wall.
Until Alberta takes on the new code we won’t know the entirety of the details but what we do know is that ICF already exceeds the code introduced by other parts of the country. Up To Kode has foreseen this change and with our enthusiasm for the ICF system have introduced it into our daily construction practices. Our team has the experience and is now ready to use this material for your next project.
- Sustainable and eco-friendly
- Energy Efficient
- Monolithic Construction (the only wall system that can stand on it’s own without the requirement of a roof system)
- Continuous Insulation
- Minimal Air Infiltration and minimal thermal bridging
- Thermal Mass (ask us more about this very cool feature)
- 800 times stronger than a 2×6 wall
- Resistant to sound, wind, and mother nature.