BC contractor explains why you should build with ICFs
Frequent Canadian Contractor contributor Bill McCance, a general contractor on Mayne Island, BC, urges other contractors to switch to ICFs over wood-frame construction
Here is another vote in favour of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction, as opposed to traditional wood frame construction….
Re: Your Article on the Fort McMurray rebuild…
“PACIFIC ICF contributed AMVIC ICF forms and brochures to a trade show in Fort McMurray on August 20th, prior to buildings being rebuilt, so as to inform builders and owners of the suitability and practicality of Insulated Concrete Forms.
The cost savings are many. Less time to construct a foundation by 60 per cent over traditional forming. No interior framing inside a basement required. R22 or R 30 forms. Overall costs are several dollars per sq. ft. less expensive. Biggest bonus is the 50 per cent energy savings of ICF compared to wood framing and R22 batt insulated walls and the wind doesn’t blow through it!! Air and vapour barrier, structure, studding, sound barrier all in one step with ICF.
In fact, with the newest building code and insulation on the exterior of envelope right down to the floor in the basement, Insulated Concrete Forms present the fastest construction and the wind does not blow through the wall. The heat stays inside and cold stays outside, thus reducing the heating costs. No need to use lumber, take the ICF right to the roof for the best performance.
AMPEX also makes insulation of R10-R16 for under slabs and a super fast method for installing radiant in floor heating tubes in the concrete slab.
If you do waste your time and build a wood framed house, there is an exterior wall insulation of many values to add outside the wood frame to make your building meet the newest R value ratings in the building code. No thermal bridging with Silverboard insulation.
Builders and owners win and save time and $$$.”
Bill McCance, Bill McCance & Son Building Service, Mayne Island, BC