Contractors have embraced the use of insulated concrete forms as one of the most efficient ways to build and maintain the life of a home. It has revolutionized the entire residential building industry. In fact, based on this year’s Global Market Insights report, the international ICF market is expected to reach nearly $1 billion by the end of 2024. The future of home construction is ICF, and the future begins today.
While builders have adopted the concept with open arms, they are only constrained by one thing. If the use of ICF is not considered in the design, the mandate to complete a project using traditional methods maintains. There is a reason for this gap in the process.
In the past, ICF manufacturers and suppliers have been focused on communicating the benefits solely to developers. Architectural design and drafting professionals were not afforded the same level of access, insight, and training. Thus, residential projects were being launched without the opportunity to explore the use of insulated concrete forms in the design.
Today, Total ICF, together with NUDURA, will put things right.
As a residential designer, you deserve full disclosure on the proven benefits found by incorporating insulated concrete forms in your design. Allow us to share.
5 Big Benefits of Incorporating ICF in the Architectural Design of Your Residential Projects
1. ICF Advocacy Makes Your Design Firm Even More Relevant
As one of the first designers/drafters in your market to embrace the use of insulated concrete forms, you instantly lead the pack in regards home design trends. But this trend, is about to become a mainstay, and will set the standard in residential development. By becoming an advocate today, you become an integral part of setting that standard. And that, is always good for business.
2. ICF is the Key to Green Home Design
To expand on the statement about ICF being the new mainstay in home design, one needs to look no further than green-building. Home buyers aren’t the only ones demanding more eco-friendly homes. Federal and provincial bodies are as well. Environmentally conscious design will only grow in the future, and it doesn’t get more green than a Net Zero home. As you know, a Net Zero property is one that produces at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. ICF is an integral part of this movement towards a residential carbon footprint of nil. NUDURA products use recycled materials, have a Performance Value as high as R-50, do not emit CFC’s or HCFC’s, and offer a proprietary 4-way reversible system that sends less waste (100% recyclable) to landfills. Learn more about how ICF leads to LEED certification.
3. ICF Homes Are Built Faster
A big part of successful home design comes from drafting a plan that can be executed towards completion in as quick a turnaround time as possible. ICF helps facilitate this process. ICF blocks are ready-built for immediate construction, lighter weight (yet sturdy) for quicker installation, less susceptible to on-site damage, and offer contractors a shorter learning curve. Get an expanded view of these speed benefits here.
4. ICF Homeowners Are Happier
End consumer satisfaction is the most important part of project success. Homeowner comfort will dictate this satisfaction. In any climate that experiences extreme weather, foundation insulation means everything. ICF constructed properties have a high thermal mass, provide a continuous air barrier, and equate a higher R-value. Thus, they offer better protection from extreme outdoor temperatures. ICF homes are warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and “just right” everywhere in between. Homeowners bask in the comfort of an ICF-built property while architectural designers (together with builders) enhance the market value of their offering.
5. ICF is More Cost Efficient in the Long Run
The bottom line is the bottom line. A successfully designed home is not just one that is cost effective enough to offer a reasonable selling value, it is one that provides fiscal value into the near and far future. The same thermal resistance that makes ICF more eco-friendly, and more comfortable for occupants, is what serves to reduce monthly heating/cooling requirements by anywhere between 20 and 70%. Without question, residents benefit from a significantly reduced ongoing expense. ICF construction pays for itself in the not-so long run. As the designer behind it all, you will reap the accolades.
Want More Information on How ICF Can Benefit Your Home Design Business?
Total ICF offers courses and training programs for builders considering the use of insulated concrete forms. But what about customized experiences for architects, designers, and drafters? We have plans in the works for such a program (stay tuned for a future announcement), but for now, you can get in on the ground level by contacting us directly. We are more than happy to provide you with additional information and informal education on how you can incorporate ICF into the design of your future residential projects.