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presents

An Introduction to
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
Construction System

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Types of ICF Structures

Residential

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Types of ICF Structures

Multi Residential

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1) Footings installed…
Standard footings are installed according to applicable
building codes and engineering requirements.

Stepped footings are easily accommodated with the flexibility


of ICF construction.

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2) Form units are set…
Form units are stacked similar to building blocks to the required
building dimensions.

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3) Reinforcing steel added…
Reinforcing steel is placed according
to the design requirements into
notches provided by the webbing.

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4) Wall openings installed…
Window and door “Bucks” or frames are placed in the wall.
“Bucks” can be created using several different material options.

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5) Walls are braced..
Wall alignment systems and bracing is placed as the wall is stacked.

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6) Concrete is poured…
Concrete is poured into the hollow cavity of the wall to create
a solid 4” to 12” solid concrete wall.

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7) Completed Walls
The result is a solid insulated reinforced concrete wall assembly
with excellent thermal resistance and sound transmission properties.

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8) Wall to Floor Connections

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9) Electrical Installations
 Rough-In for electrical work is accomplished in various ways

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10) Plumbing Installations
Up to 1 ½” PVC pipe
with coupler in most
flat wall systems

Rough in same as
electrical

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11) Interior Partitions
Light-gauge
Metal Framing

Gypsum Blocks

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12) Interior Finishes

Stuco or Plaster

Gypsum or
Cement Boards

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13) Exterior Finishes

Stone or Brick Cladding

Cementitious or Polymer-
modified Plaster

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Features of ICFs
 Simplicity of Design &
Installation:
Combines 6 Wall elements
within 1 product
 Energy Efficient:
Thermal Mass Effect
enables an R22 insulation
value to perform equivalent
to a low mass wall of R50
 Air Tight Envelope:
Solid Monolithic Concrete
wall eliminates risks
associated with air
infiltration within the wall
cavity of traditional systems

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Features of ICFs
 Broad Floor and Roof
Type Options
 Dimensional Lumber
 Wood Truss
 Composite Deck
 Hollow Core
 Pre-cast ‘T’s
 Flat Slab
 Insulated Deck

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Features of ICFs
 Flexible Design
Capabilities
• 90s,45s
• Brick Ledges
• Brick Ledge Extensions
• T-Form Units
• Factory Cut Radius
Units

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Features of ICFs
 Flexible Design
Capabilities
• 90s,45s
• Brick Ledges
• Brick Ledge Extensions
• T-Form Units
• Factory Cut Radius
Units

• Versatile Finish
Flexibility
• Siding
• Stucco
• Direct Applied EIFS
• Brick Veneer
• Stone
• Others

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Features of ICFs
 Green Product- LEED
Credit Advantages
 Can Improve Building
Energy Efficiency by
25 to 50 %
 Uses greater than 50%
Recycled Materials
 Enables Increase of
Daylight To Building
 Durable Long Life
Materials
 Reduced Construction
Waste
 Consult manufacturers
for their reports on
possible point attainment
under USGBC LEED

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Milestones
ICF Construction

Three Weeks

Six Weeks

Conventional Construction
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Site Cleanliness

Before

After

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Foundations

Before

After

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Doors & Windows can be Mass Produced

Before

After

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Electrical Placement

Before

After

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Upgrade to Polymer-Modified Plasters

Before
After

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Lower Sound Transmission

Before
STC = 45

After
STC = 51

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New Floors/Ceiling Options

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Lower Electrical Infrastructure

Before
X 100

X 200

After

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ICF’s Targeted Benefits
1. Owners
a) More willing to buy
2. Contractors
a) Reduction in overhead
b) Double production
3. Developers
a) Lower operating capital
b) Meet financing milestones
c) Offer buyers comprehensive build options
4. Financiers
a) Rent/sell sooner
b) Respond to market demand vice speculating

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ICF’s Targeted Benefits
1. Half the time to construct.
2. 60 years life span of concrete buildings
internationally.
3. High insulation value of R-22.
4. High S.T.C value of up-to 51.
5. Seismic resistant construction.
6. Cracks free internal & external surfaces.
7. Economical basement provision.
8. Early Return of property investments.
9. A/C tonnage savings up to 60%.
10. Bullet proof structure.

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ICF’s Targeted Benefits
11. 40% less building dead load.
12. Extension friendly structure.
13. Flexibility in architecture.
14. Better indoor air quality.
15. LEED certified building system.
16. 15% - 20% economical construction compare to
conventional system.
17. Alteration friendly construction.
18. Various roof options.
19. Enables increase of daylight in building.
20. Tornado Resistant.

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