Advanced, Versatile ICF Technology Simplifies Tough Construction Challenges

Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Construction Tackles Daily Challenges

by Joe Harnois

April 24, 2024

Worker Shortages, Housing Shortages, and Beat-the Clock Timelines
Whether working with fewer crew members due to a dwindling workforce, streamlining a construction schedule, or trying to meet stricter energy and sound transmission codes, the technologically advanced properties of ICF construction provide the versatility you need to meet a wide variety of building challenges. The many advantages of ICF help you build ahead of code, making it an excellent, efficient, high-performance option for construction in many categories.

Foundations
One of the primary advantages of ICF construction is the ability to build with existing crew while streamlining your timeline by eliminating form removal. Plus the foam blocks used in Nudura® ICF systems serve as both formwork and insulation, simplifying the process of building foundations while providing superior insulation properties. This versatility allows for faster and more efficient foundation construction, reducing labor costs and project timelines.

Enhanced Energy Efficiency for Both Commercial and Residential Projects
ICF technology offers greater energy efficiency to meet stringent building codes. The continuous layer of insulation provided by the foam blocks minimizes thermal bridging and reduces energy loss, resulting in buildings that require less energy for heating and cooling. As energy efficiency standards become increasingly stringent, ICF construction provides an effective solution for achieving compliance for New Hampshire Zone 6 and the 2023 Massachusetts Specialized code.

Light Commercial
ICF construction is well-suited for light commercial projects, such as fire stations, distilleries, churches and schools. Fire stations and schools often require robust and resilient structures that can withstand the rigors of daily use and provide a comfortable indoor environment for occupants. ICF construction meets these requirements by offering excellent thermal insulation, sound attenuation, and resistance to fire, moisture, and pests. Additionally, the efficiency of construction can result in reduced labor requirements, making ICF an attractive option for commercial projects with tight schedules and budgets.

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Full-Scale Residential
ICF technology is the option of the future for full-scale residential construction and additions. Whether building a new home or adding a garage to an existing structure, ICF construction offers numerous benefits, including energy efficiency, durability, and design flexibility. Lower levels can be structured for comfortable temperatures year-round. Homeowners can enjoy the comfort, security, and long-term savings associated with ICF construction, while builders benefit from streamlined construction methods and reduced material waste.

Urban Multifamily
ICF construction contributes to better Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings, making it a great choice for multifamily construction in urban areas. The dense concrete core and continuous insulation provided by ICF systems help minimize sound transmission, meeting code requirements for noise control, such as Massachusetts MBTA Communities Zoning Law Requirements while creating quiet, desirable living spaces to help address the housing shortage in areas located at the heart of bustling cities.

View this short ICF sound reduction video.

Trust the Experts at Atlantic Builders Supply
Atlantic Builders Supply is your resource for knowledge and product to help you find comprehensive solutions to the challenges faced by today’s construction industry, including foundation construction, energy efficiency, labor shortages, and meeting building codes. As building codes evolve and sustainability becomes increasingly important, ICF construction remains at the forefront of innovative building technologies, offering a sustainable and cost-effective solution for modern construction needs.

Summer Street Multi-Use, Multifamily

Every day, contractors, business owners, and installers like you are learning more about the many benefits and versatility of Nudura ICF.  For a first-hand testimonial about how ICF can benefit your business, see Top 4 Reasons for Using ICFs for Exterior Wall Construction

Atlantic Builders Supply stocks products to complete your ICF projects and meet your needs for foundations, insulation, waterproofing, drainage, barriers, fasteners, parge coats and rebar reinforcement. Call us 603.427.5001 or send us an email and well help you find the product that meets the challenges of your next project!