Insulated Concrete Form ( ICF ) Projects
GEM Quality homes specializes in the construction of ICF Foundations complete with damp proofing barrier. View examples below of ICF foundations that we have installed.
Concrete is the material of choice for basements and foundations. By adding EPS (expanded polystyrene) plastic foam to the forming process insulating concrete forms or “ICFs” were created, making ICF basements a valuable part of any new home. ICF Foundations are revolutionizing the global residential, commercial, institutional and industrial building industries. ICF construction has been growing at 25-30% per year for quite some time.
What is an ICF Foundation / Exterior wall?
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) are a hybrid block forming system that is a combination of the flat wall and waffle grid systems. The forms are 16″ high and 4′ long with a unique modified flat wall interior configuration. The dense 1.5 lbs. net cured weight foam face shells are made of molded expanded polystyrene averaging 2.6″ thick. The perimeter joint design is tongue and groove with interlocking blocks and notches for alignment and added strength. The units lock together somewhat like Lego bricks and create a form for the structural walls or floors of a building. ICF construction has become commonplace for both low rise commercial and high performance residential construction as more stringent energy efficiency and natural disaster resistant building codes are adopted.
Advantages of ICF Foundations:
- Lower energy bills
- Greater comfort and quiet
- Pest proof
- Healthier indoor environment
- Safe haven from high winds
- Fire resistant
- Less repair and maintenance
GEM Quality homes specialized in ICF Foundations. View our extensive gallery of ICF projects below.
ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) foundations where used in this project and are now commonplace in new construction homes. ICF block is energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, quiet and comfortable. It is also hailed as an envelope that resists harmful mold, dust and allergens, along with powerful wind, storm and fire damage. This superior product is something we pride ourselves on having knowledge in installing.
Watson Custom Build Project
ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) foundations or common place now in most new construction homes. ICF block is energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, quiet and comfortable. It is also hailed as an envelope that resists harmful mold, dust and allergens, along with powerful wind, storm and fire damage. This superior product is something we pride ourselves on having knowledge in installing. This was the basement level for a custom home in Enderby, BC.
Our first crack at using the ICF (insulated concrete forms) foundation method was on the build of our first home in Armstrong, BC. We since have applied this method to all of the new construction builds we have done. With its all encompassing value, we find this product hard to beat. Please let us help you with your new home and experience the value this product adds to your house.