Why ICF

The Better Building System

When you see how the walls go up,
you’ll understand why ICF won’t let you down.

Looking for a high-performance system that’s faster to build, outperforms traditional stick-built construction and eliminates supply chain issues? Nudura® insulated concrete form (ICF) construction is virtually unparalleled in performance features, offering some of the most desirable properties for residential and light commercial construction. Benefits such as streamlined, efficient installation, energy efficiency, superior strength, including racking strength and seismic resiliency, and low job site waste make ICF systems a smart alternative to traditional stick-built construction. These same features provide the comfort, safety and confidence that improve the quality of life for everyone who works or lives in a building constructed with ICF technology. 

At Atlantic Builders Supply Northeast, we are experts in ICF construction. We offer Nudura® systems to ensure that our customers have not only the benefits of ICF construction, but also the advantages experienced when working with the best ICF systems on the market today. Nudura® offers design professionals, architects, contractors and building owners a more efficient way to build ICF structures. 

Take advantage of everything ICF has to offer

Faster, more-efficient construction process

Construction with ICF systems is less labor-intensive than traditional construction methods. Systems are lightweight, compact and easy to assemble, reducing the time invested in your project. Once the hollow expanded polystyrene (EPS) forms are in place and rebar or micro rebar is positioned, the void is filled with concrete, producing a sturdy, high-performance foundation. Depending on contractor skill and experience, ICF construction can be completed in as little as half the time of more traditional construction methods.

Lower energy costs

The continuous insulating properties and thick, concrete components of ICF construction mean buildings maintain a comfortable interior environment, no matter what the temperature is outside. Higher thermal resistance, superior R-values and elimination of air infiltration translates to lower costs to heat and cool, saving building owners up to 60% in annual energy costs.

ICFMA Thermal Study

Disaster resilience

The unique ICF construction process results in homes and buildings that are exceptionally disaster-resistant. The steel-reinforced concrete components of the ICF system are resistant to fire, hurricanes, and tornadoes and can be engineered for seismic conditions. The racking strength of ICF walls resists forces exerted by wind and earthquakes, providing as much as five to 10 times the racking resistance as traditional wood-framed construction. Nudura® systems can be engineered to withstand winds up to 250 mph (402 kph), enhancing the safety and security of building occupants. Click the button below to see how this beautiful home in Mexico Beach, Florida, built with Nudura® ICF, survived Hurricane Michael.

Florida Beach Home


Sustainable
 

Nudura® systems are green in a number of ways. Building with Nudura®, as opposed to traditional building methods, encompasses the use of easily replenished, recycled and easily renewable resources. The web material is 100% recycled and the foam material is 100% recyclable. The EPS foam emits no CFCs, HCFCs or VOCs. Concrete construction provides sustainability benefits over other building materials due to its innate properties, including strength, durability, thermal mass, carbon uptake, and its local availability. Additionally, the precisely engineered forms and versatile application capabilities of the Nudura® system mean there’s less waste on the job site.

Fire resistance

ICF walls are built with reinforced concrete and fire-retardant EPS foam. Concrete has superior fire resistance when compared to most other building materials, and when configured as part of an ICF system, can offer a fire protection rating of up to four hours – four times that of a typical wood-frame home. Party walls built with ICF construction provide additional protection, safety and comfort from the basement to the rafters. The added thermal mass of ICF walls not only enhance fire resistance, but also reduce temperature transfer from room to room and can even contain smells within the walls of multifamily or multi-use buildings.

Nudura® Fire Resistance Rating


Reduced sound transmission

Noise may be a part of everyday life, but reducing noise inside home and work environments improves the quality of life. The additional mass inherent in ICF construction provides a natural sound barrier, reducing sound transmission from unit to unit. The combination of EPS and concrete configured in an ICF system effectively absorbs vibration and dampens sounds from external sources, such as traffic, trains, neighborhood school commotion and lawn/yard services. ICF construction can often eliminate the need for sound-dampening wallboard or additional insulation to inhibit sound transmission, saving time and money for each project.

Nudura® Sound Transmission Testing 4”Nudura® Sound Transmission Testing 6”Nudura® Sound Transmission Testing 8”


STC Ratings and ICFs


Versatility

ICF construction offers many versatile building options and is well-suited to any architectural style or community personality. Systems are ideal for construction of foundations, offering a streamlined alternative to concrete block construction. But ICF is also perfect for multi-floor construction, pools, complex arches, or creative shapes, with virtually no limitations on exterior finish and siding choices.


State-of-the-art Construction

ICF delivers safe, durable, energy-efficient homes and buildings in a time-saving process that combines six steps into one: 

  • Concrete
  • Steel reinforcement
  • Insulation
  • Air barrier
  • Vapor barrier
  • Installing Studs

ICF is the best solution for your project

For home builders, ICF means faster project completion, eliminating the need to sub-out basement and foundation construction. For commercial projects, fewer trades are needed, resulting in greater job site efficiency. Plus, ICF systems are inherently winter-friendly, allowing builders to build year-round.