ICF systems have been used in global construction for over 60 years, and there’s no denying the increased efficiency and strength that they can provide any property. And while Nexcem ICFs may seem like a large investment, many people are shocked at just how much money they save after ICF installation. Furthermore, with current lumber prices, building with products like Nexcem ICF systems can actually be less expensive in some cases. Nexcem Insulated Concrete Forms can cut final costs on a property by an estimate of $0.75 per square foot, and there are multiple reasons why. Here’s a quick guide explaining how Nexcem ICFs can save you money over time and provide a better living environment
Increased Insulation and Environmental Performance
First, it’s important to remember that Nexcem ICFs are considered to be among the best green building materials due to their incredible insulating properties, recycled content and carbon footprint. By using clean waste wood otherwise destined for the landfill, Nexcem actual sequesters carbon and eliminates the potential for its release.
By providing a high performance continuous insulation layer on the exterior of the concrete core, Nexcem Insulated Concrete Forms provide an energy efficiency that surpasses other styrofoam ICF systems. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ICF walls can save homeowners 20% to 25% on annual heating and cooling costs. This is because they help your home to stay heated or cooled more efficiently and provide an airtight energy efficient envelope. Without ICFs, you will inevitably put more wear and tear on your property’s HVAC system, causing it to work longer and harder than it has to. You’ll find these added expenses in your utility bills each month in addition to routine HVAC maintenance expenses.
The other performance and money-saving aspect of Nexcem ICFs that most property owners don’t think about is disaster protection. Depending on your geographical location, your property may be more prone to natural disasters than other areas. Fortunately, Nexcem ICFs are here to save the day with superior disaster protection. ICF construction is capable of protecting properties from natural disasters because they’re capable of withstanding 402 kph winds. It’s not exactly quantifiable just how much you can save over time, but the bottom line is that buildings constructed with ICF are six to nine times stronger than traditional buildings. This maximizes your property’s protection, the protection of your family, and minimizes added expenses from insurance claims and other property damage.
Healthy Homes and Indoor Air Quality
The most unique feature of Nexcem is the material itself. Our proprietary cement bonded wood fiber material is a hygroscopic material. This means that your walls act as a more natural and breathable building envelope. We aren’t referring to breathable as the movement of air, as that would not be energy efficient. Rather, we are referring to breathable as allowing water vapour to move naturally through the wall by diffusion, very similar to how your expensive rain jacket stops water and air and keeps you warm, while also allowing your body to breath and not build up humidity moisture on the inside. With Nexcem, this results in a home that naturally regulates humidity levels (RH) and prevents the buildup of moisture/humidity and the potential for mold growth.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which construction materials are best for your property protection needs, but Nexcem ICFs are certainly some of the most environmentally and financially efficient. For more information about green construction materials, contact Nexcem.