ICF for Multifamily Dwellings

The residential real estate industry is excited about the use of insulated concrete forms when it comes to single detached family homes. This enthusiasm is not exclusive to single dwelling properties. Multi-unit property ownership groups and managers are also applauding applications of ICF. All over Canada, North America, and the world, we’re seeing ICF being used to construct two to multi-storey complexes. Let’s find out why.

3 Reasons Why Property Managers in Alberta Want Insulated Concrete Forms for Multifamily Building Construction

1. Structural Integrity

When you’re building a multifamily property you have the safety, security, and functionality of more than one household to be concerned about. Structural integrity is everything. This is why insulated concrete forms are the perfect solution.

Over a decade ago, the industry evolved from mid-rise to high-rise development when NUDURA ICF was used to build the first ever ICF constructed 10-storey residential building. The industry hasn’t looked back since. These stackable blocks and forms are strong. They can accommodate your need to build multiple storeys while protecting against both natural and manmade disturbances.

Our (via NUDURA) ICF endures against storms with up to 250 mph winds while minimizing the sway on taller builds. Given that 10-storey buildings have a period of oscillation of approximately one-second the same as an earthquake pulse you need to ramp up protection on complexes that are tall, but not so tall that they have the same wind and quake flexibility as skyscrapers. Insulated concrete forms are also non-combustible and offer a fire protection rating of up to 4 hours. In addition, ICF features reinforcement bars and exhibits a blast radius of just six-feet against 50 pounds of trinitrotoluene (TNT). Lastly, ICF will protect your Alberta multifamily property from mold and mildew intrusion and will serve to protect against pest infestation.

And for all of these structural benefits, you can still outfit the building with any aesthetically pleasing finishing you choose.

2. Significant ROI Due to Decreased Monthly Energy Expenditure

Property managers will most certainly enjoy the residential benefits that ICF affords their tenants. They’ll be pleased to know that occupants reside within a healthier, warmer, quieter, and more comfortable suite. And while the positive feedback from this is good for business, there is something else that really benefits the longterm bottom line.

Insulated Concrete Forms secured from Total ICF have a tested R-Value of 23.59. The ability of the blocks and forms to absorb and store heat energy provide the largest and most cost-effective reduction in a multifamily building’s total operating cost. Monthly heating and utility expenditure are immediately reduced, offering an average cut that ranges between 20 to 70%. Read more on how ICF reduces total operating costs for any building, multi-unit residences included.

3. Scalable Building Technology that Allows Expansion

Insulated concrete forms are ready-made for quick construction. For all of their sturdiness, they are also light and allow for faster labour (and machinery) handling. Builders and subcontractors are able to learn (and quickly apply) the technology after receiving an immersive training program. ICF is also less susceptible to on-site damage. Because of all of these benefits that allow speedier construction, and the fact that it lowers the total cost of construction, ICF is one of the most scalable multifamily building technologies around. Imagine the lucrative possibilities found by applying ICF to current and future multi-unit property developments!

Ready to begin your multifamily complex build in Alberta? Contact Total ICF today to learn more.