Design Flexibility – Allows the specifier to create beautiful, artistic, functional structures with curves, arches, complicated intricate patterns and varying angles if needed. Building design is only limited by one’s imagination and of course UK planners and local authority approvals.
Variety of Finishes – Unlimited choices of finishes both externally and internally. Externally, renders, brick slips, replica stone, stone, brick, tile hanging, sidings wood or vinyl and internally, plasters or plasterboard, either dot & dabbed, or screw fixed.
Compatible to Other Building Systems – the ability to use a range of roofing, flooring, utilities and opening systems allows the designer total freedom to chose their preferred supporting non- structural building components. Most ICF systems have compatible flooring systems which can be poured at the same time as the supporting walls but they also all have timber systems where joist hangers penetrate the ICF walls before being concreted in.
Higher Building Performance Standards – Insulated concrete formwork out-performs the current Building Regulations and is eminently suitable for residential construction to Eco-homes Very Good and Excellent criteria. It is also easily able to meet the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes Star Level 3 and in conjunction with other sustainablity supplements …ground source heat pumps, heat exchangers, wind turbines, photovoltaics etc, can provide solutions up to Code Star Level 6 – Carbon Neutral.
A Modern Method of Construction (MMC) – Insulated concrete formwork (ICF) is a very efficient MMC and will be able to meet the new Code for Sustainable Homes and building regulations requirements which come into force in stages in 2007,2012 & 2016. All new homes to be built in 2016 and later are to be Code Level 6.