GENERAL INFO

This page further describes or lists additional benefits (of insulated concrete forms, ICF, construction) that are not already covered on this website.  The ICF Construction Page & the ICF Distributor Integraspec Page contain the information that is not covered on this page. 

CONSTRUCTION SLIDE SHOWS

Two slide shows are available below.  They visually depict the ICF, insulated concrete form, construction sequence.

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Stachybotrys grows on water soaked cellulose (wood, paper or cotton) and often it occurs in hidden locations like inside timber stud walls of buildings. Large gaps like this are not present in the ICF construction method.

MOLD REMEDIATION

In Hawaii’s humid weather, mold often becomes an acute problem.  This is especially true for the windward sides and in Mauka regions of the Hawaiian Islands.

Building or house inhabitants can suffer with allergies, get sick (asthma) or in extreme cases sudden death.  Children are known to have died (from acute pulmonary hemorrhage) due to exposure to mold. 

ICF construction solves the mold problem.  Because concrete homes do no contain the wood that provides food for the mold, mildew and other toxic fungus.  Sometimes mold problems are found in concrete homes, but this is due to improper selection of finish materials.

INTEGRASPEC ICF IS SUPER STRONG

Blast tests conducted at the Military and Homeland Security Exposition Trade Show clearly indicate the tremendous strength possessed by ICF structures.  Click here to see a PDF with all the details of the blast tests that were carried out.  This was a face-off between several ICF suppliers (Integraspec, Nudura, Eco Block, TF Form, Royal Plastic, Polysteel, Logix, Phoenix, Quadlock and Super Form).  In this test Integraspec outdid all it’s competitors hands down.  The test utilized 50 pounds of TNT from six feet away.  The Integraspec structure remained intact (no holes or corner failures) & sustained very little damage. 

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.

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