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Green Home Under Construction – Insulating Concrete Forms Foundation

September 20, 2009 1 comment

Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) FoundationI recently had an opportunity to shadow the Sovick Design/Builders team as they constructed the foundation for the home at 404 Park Street using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF’s).  This picture shows the ICF’s ready for concrete to be poured. 

For contractors, ICF’s can be a cost-effective alternative to typical cast-in-place concrete foundation walls or walls constructed of concrete masonry block.  The foam-walled forms that ultimately define the concrete’s shape stay in place after construction, providing insulation and eliminating a significant investment in reusable wood and metal forms.  They are easy to build.  Their insulating value allows concrete to be poured in colder weather without the use of special insulating blankets and the like.  And most are ready for interior finishing.  All of these contractor benefits help keep the cost differential between ICF and conventional foundations to a minimum, particularly when a finished basement that will be partially above grade is desired, as is the case at 404 Park Street.

And here’s the important part from the perspective of the future homeowner – an ICF foundation basement is quiet, solid and more energy efficient than a conventionally constructed basement.

So check out the video below to see the concrete foundation being poured and learn a little bit more about the forms themselves from Dennis Sovick.  And if you want even more information about ICF’s, go to the Insulating Concrete Forms Assocation website.

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Up next…a site visit to learn from Dennis about Advanced Framing Techniques.