ICF CONSTRUCTION IS GREEN
Our precious environment benefits from the ICF construction method. There are several reasons why this is true.
First, each home normally requires about 3,000 board feet to construct. For the construction phase alone, switching to an ICF building would save between ten and fifty trees.
Second, fossil fuel consumption is reduced considerably. The heating and cooling energy required for a concrete home is about half that of a traditional timber structure. If just twelve percent of the new homes were built with concrete it is estimated that the green house gas emissions would decrease by about nine megatons. This roughly equals the green house gas emissions created by 1.4 million cars for one year.
Third, Integraspec insulated concrete form systems products incorporate the use of recycled plastic.
Fourth, construction waste is reduced. In traditional wood construction five to ten percent of the materials end up as waste. The Integraspec ICF forms are recyclable. Because they can be cut to fit, the cut off portions can be used elsewhere on the structure. So the insulating concrete forms construction method inherently produces very little waste in the first place. The miniscule waste from insulated concrete form construction is normally between one to two percent.
This information in it’s original format is available at the Integraspec web site.