ICF walls can virtually eliminate the “cold spots” that occur in conventional frame walls, because your home is wrapped in two continuous layers of foam insulation. An ICF home has 33% to 50% less air infiltration than a conventional frame house, so uncomfortable drafts are virtually eliminated.
The solid concrete core of an ICF wall stabilizes the temperature because of its thermal mass. So homeowners get constant temperatures, even when the outdoor temperature fluctuates throughout the day.
With its high R-values, low air infiltration, and high thermal mass, you can reduce your initial building costs by installing a smaller Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning system (HVAC). Plus, the homeowner can save up to 50% of their monthly heating and cooling costs (depending on the region) compared to a conventional home.
You get a 2-hour UL/ULC listed Fire Resistance Rating on every 6" ICF wall you build. You can double it to a 4-hour rating by adding fiber to the concrete. Fire retardant is added to the EPS foam providing a self-ignition temperature of over 800° (430°C) in every ICF form we build.