ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) systems have been used in global construction for over 60 years. Even though they’ve gone through a number of changes since their initial implementation, they’re more optimized than ever for both residential and commercial construction purposes. If you’re considering Nexcem Insulated Concrete Forms for your property, you’ll have to know the facts — even those that aren’t quite as well known. With that in mind, here are just a few surprising yet fascinating facts about Nexcem ICFs.
The First ICFs
The first ICF was developed in Belgium in 1937 by the Swiss nationals August Schnell and Alex Bosshard (following on from a Dutch patent registered in 1932.). It was a cement bonded wood fiber material concept which Nexcem has further researched, tested and improved upon over the last 20 years.
The first foam concrete form was patented in 1966 by Werner Gregori, a Canadian contractor. The form measured at 16 inches high and 48 inches long.
The evolution our ICF system has resulted in a form that is stronger, straighter and faster to build when compared to others. When you choose Nexcem ICF construction, you can be certain that you’re getting the most up to date materials and building processes.
ICF walls are now considered one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable residential and commercial construction materials. Not only can ICF systems cut final costs on a property by an estimate of $0.75 per square foot, but according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ICF walls can save home and business owners 20% to 25% on annual heating and cooling costs.
In addition, with Nexcem, you have the added sustainability of using recycled clean softwood waste material that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. This also reduces our carbon footprint by sequestering the carbon in the wood that would otherwise be ultimately released through natural decay of the waste material.
ICF Strength and Durability
Buildings constructed with ICF are six to nine times stronger than traditional buildings. However, they offer a number of different types of resistance against certain elements that would otherwise be a dangerous threat to your property’s structural integrity as well as your own personal safety. Nexcem ICFs offer fire resistance and wind resistance — in fact, ICF construction can protect properties from natural disasters because they’re capable of withstanding 402 kph winds. But ICFs also offer impact resistance as well as seismic resistance, which means your property will be protected even during an earthquake.
Ultimately, understanding the full range of facts about Nexcem ICFs can help you make the right construction decisions for your property. For more information about Nexcem ICFs, contact us today.