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Does Code Adoption Mean ICF Adoption?

by NUDURA Blogger | Nov 14, 2016

In 2016, building performance is absolutely critical within the code community. NUDURA actually sees this high level of attention as a catalyst for architects and engineers to continue accelerating the adoption of ICFs.

In fact, the 2012 International Conservation Code has notched the expectations for energy savings upwards by 30 percent. That increase is applicable to every aspect of building performance, from the R-value of the walls to the efficiency of the HVAC systems.

Concrete-Pour_Nudura-colouradjustedFor builders, the ability to understand the benefits of ICFs may begin as they consider the benefits of basic concrete pours for the basement, which will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If they have a deeper interest in ICF construction, they might simply look at a 1998 Portland Cement Association (PCA) report indicating that ICFs can save at least 44 percent on heating and 32 percent on air conditioning costs.

Compared to traditional wood frame construction, data from NUDURA shows that a minimum 40 percent energy savings can be attained over wood frame construction. While the upfront costs vary based on region (sometimes a 3-5 percent premium over traditional construction), the energy savings and operational costs of the building more than pay back any investment the user might make in the material.

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Recently, we’ve heard local residential builders claim that there is a tit-for-tat, even comparison for material costs versus wood frame construction. While there are a number of variables involved, ICFs have proven to be a cost-effective building technology without fail.

To find out how NUDURA ICFs can contribute to your next project, visit http://www.nudura.com/divisions/home-owner




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