As an Alberta contractor who has been following news on how insulated concrete forms have changed the way we all look at residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal construction, you know that ICF is a superior building method. However, the challenging part can be client adoption. Some continue to be stuck in a rut of tradition, opting for wood frame builds or standard concrete pours. While it is important to give the client what they want, you do them a disservice by not presenting them with the best possible option to complete their build. Detailing the clear benefits of ICF often won’t cut it. They want to see how ICF is being applied today, with direct or analogous examples that apply to them.
Allow prospects to draw the inevitable conclusion that insulated concrete form construction is indeed the only solution, by looking to these recent examples from around the continent.
3 Current Examples to Help Show Prospects How ICF Can be Applied to Their Own Construction Projects
Public Safety in New Hampshire
All Atlantic coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. New Hampshire, is amoung the lot of communities that keep a watchful eye on the sea and sky between June and November, the infamous hurricane season on the east coast. Every new police station, firehall, and public safety construction project is under scrutiny by municipal and state bodies to ensure that each respective community is afforded the best possible option as it applies to both safety and efficiency. That’s why recent reports coming from the township of Rollinsford NH show that the local policing committee is looking to ICF for their new station. They caught wind of the fiscal and functional success of a recently erected ICF public safety building in the neighbouring town of Farmington and were enticed:
“We were very excited to see that and very impressed by the structure up there. They are estimated to save 50 percent on their utility costs” (Mike Rollo, Rollinsford Police Department Space Needs Committee)
Politics aside, anytown USA and anytown Canada have a lot in common. Taking care of the community in the most efficient manner is priority number one, and one needs to look no further than the example above for an indicator that ICF is the solution for municipal projects and more.
Lucrative Residential Complex Investment in South Carolina
Kalikow Group is a private source of Joint Venture Equity financing for middle-market Real Estate Developers. They are in the real estate development business to make money. If it doesn’t make good business sense, they don’t do it. So when news spread that the group just cut the ribbon on a multi-million dollar residential project in Charleston people took notice while the ICF industry took an even greater interest. Why? The 220 apartment, seven building complex of mixed studio, one- and two-bedroom residences is made from insulated concrete forms. The developers herald ICF for its stormproof properties, energy savings, reduced sound transmission, and provision of consistent interior temperatures with superior indoor air quality. But what they really liked, is the lucrative nature of the project.
“This is an exciting project for us as we continue to look around the country for investment opportunities that will drive value and profit for our company” (Greg Kalikow, Kalikow Group VP)
This is just one of many examples of how ICF is the future of residential real estate investment and more.
Net Zero Ready School in Kentucky
The state of Kentucky is reporting that its fifth-most populous county, Warren County, is $11 million in the black thanks to insulated concrete forms. The tremendous cost savings can be attributed to the school district’s use of ICF in their continued energy efficiency program.
“We started an energy conservation program in the fall of 2003. Since that time we’ve been able to reduce our energy consumption by about 25 percent, and as far as avoided cost dollars, that’s about 11 million dollars” (Jay Wilson, School District Energy Manager)
In addition to being able to boast net zero status, the cost savings are being put right back into the schools, affording better classrooms, facilities, buses, and assorted programs. But the benefits extend even further. The schools themselves have become learning tools that teach students about energy efficiency and renewable resources. Not only is ICF becoming the standard in school construction, but for medical facilities, hotels, and much more.
It must be stressed that the above examples are only a snippet of potential insulated concrete form applications. If you have any questions about how you can apply ICF to your future bids in Alberta, contact us today.