Updated: Oct 12, 2020
Improvement in technology is not just limited to your new cell phone or smart TV. Improving upon construction techniques and product advancement continues into the field of concrete construction. Even though concrete construction has been around for hundreds of years, there have been advancements in this building method with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). Many contractors assume this method is costly or is just for certain types of building, however over the years more homes, small businesses, and large commercial projects have seen the advantages of this construction method and have made the switch for a better build; that surpasses the longevity of standard construction practices. Efficiency building is on the rise in 2020. Let’s look at a few trending construction options.
ICF Construction: ICF combines Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) - with steel reinforced concrete. This creates a structure with unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, strength and noise reduction. ICF construction provides both structural and thermal components of the wall. This building method does save money on long term maintenance and can be constructed quickly Learn More
3D-Printed Construction: These 3D printed forms are said to be lightweight, stronger than steel, save on waste and can decrease construction times. They do have advantages, but 3D printing buildings are not fully recognized in all countries as a viable construction method due to building codes and standards. Learn More
Prefab Modular Construction: This construction type has been around for a while, but they have made advancements with their material options and techniques making it accessible for anyone to put a home or business together. It does decrease construction cost and time by having the structure prefabricated and put together on site quickly. Learn More
SIP Panels: SIP panels are insulating foam core placed between two structural facings, oriented strand board (OSB). These panels can be constructed for residential and small commercial use. SIP panels have a shorter construction time and save on construction waste. They have built in advantages providing energy efficiency and enhanced indoor atmosphere. Learn More
Advancements are being made and are available now in the construction industry. Some builders / contractors are comfortable with the older building methods, however as the consumer you could be enjoying additional advantages of a more advanced building system.
If you have any questions about ICF Construction or if you are interested in using ICF in your upcoming build call our office, ICF Specialist (623) 910-4581