THE DEVELOPER AND ICF

Fast Track Construction –Speed of build is one of the unique selling points for considering an ICF solution. It is far faster to build than alternative methods of construction and lead times for materials are generally within three weeks.

Reduced Labour Costs –Labour costs are much reduced as ICF systems require semi-skilled labour only and not highly paid scarce skills such as brick layers. Although there is a need for a certain amount of training, which is offered by all ICF suppliers on site, this can be learned quickly. A site based NVQ Level 2 is now available for operatives. Construction can proceed in most weather conditions including rain and frost.

Immediate Follow-On Trades –Insulating Concrete Formwork systems allows the watertight building shell to be erected in days. The follow-on trades can therefore enter the building and start putting utilities and finishes into place much quicker than traditional building methods.

Simple Service Installation –A great benefit of using an ICF system is the ability to put the conduit, cabling, and ducting for the services you require within the wall space of the empty forms prior to pouring the concrete. This saves time and makes for a very efficient way of construction. The inner wall of polystyrene can be chased after the concrete wall has been poured and cured.

Less Heavy Plant and Equipment –Heavy plant and equipment that you would normally find on the average building site when using traditional building methods is not required with ICF. This is due to the light-weight forms and the speed of the modular build.

Good House Keeping –Using ICF makes it very easy to keep the building site tidy and clean, as the formwork is easy to stack and waste is kept to a minimum.

Improved Site Safety –ICF systems are light to handle so there is less chance of injury. The workplace is easy to keep tidy thereby cutting down the possibility of trips and falls, and because the need for plant and other equipment is minimal, chances of accidents are also minimised.

Cost Savings –When all the factors and benefits are taken into consideration, Insulating Concrete Formwork becomes extremely competitive compared to both traditional building methods and lightweight framing.

ICF BENEFITS

Insulating Concrete Formwork has many benefits over traditional building methods

The Designer and ICF

Design Flexibility, Variety of Finishes, Compatible to Other Building Systems, Higher Building Performance Standards

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The Developer and ICF

Fast track construction, Reduced labour costs, Less down-time, Immediate follow-on trades, Simple service installation

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The Occupier and ICF

Low Running Costs, Good Acoustic Performance, Healthy Indoor Environment, Fire Resistance, Minimal Flood Damage

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The Environment and ICF

Superior Energy Performance, High Mass for Thermal Stability, Reduced Waste On Site, Low Environmental Impact

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