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ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms)


What are ICFs? 

Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The foam panels are held together by high- density plastic webs. Interior and exterior wall finishes are easily installed to attachment points on the webs. 

The result is a wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, noise reduction and strength.


BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms

Whether you' re building a concrete home or a multi-level commercial structure, you can' t beat the benefits of building with BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms. BuildBlock forms are completely reversible and combine the standard features you've come to expect in a quality insulating concrete form with some unique benefits you'll find no where else.

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اولا: المنافع التي توفرها ICF للبناة:

اسرع خمس مرات من البناء التقليدى = اشغال مبكر للوحدات = عائد اسرع من مشروعك

لا تستلزم مهارة من العمال للتركيب

هى مواد خفيفة الوزن ولاتؤدي إلى إصابات فى موقع العمل مثل الطوب

بعد الانتهاء يكون موقع البناء نظيف بلا نفايات

التكلفة التنافسية

ICF هى مواد صديقة للبيئة

ثانيا:المنافع التي توفرها ICF للساكن:

العزل المزدوج الفائق = أكثر توفيرا للطاقة = تراجع قيمة فواتير المرافق الى 70%

لاتسريب للهواء = تحسين جودة الهواء في الأماكن المغلقة = ثبات درجات الحرارة في الأماكن المغلقة

أنظمة التكييف المطلوبة أصغر بكثير

مواد معمرة لاتتطلب صيانة

منازل أكثر أمنا -- مقاومة الكوارث الطبيعية -- والمقاوم للحريق

مقاومة للقوارض والحشرات والفطريات

اذا اردت البيع فان
سعر منزلك فى سوق العقارات اعلى من امثالة من المبانى التقليدية




Technical Data

Expanded Polystyrene density 1.5lbs/cu.ft.
Average thickness of EPS 2.5" / panel (5" total)
Steady State R-value R-21 foam value
Effective R-value (concrete, form, air infiltration, and thermal mass) R-24 to R-50
U-value U-0.048
Actual R-value 4.4 Per inch of EPS
Thermal Mass (form & concrete) 6" core: 72lbs/sq.ft.
8" core: 96lbs/sq.ft.
K-Factor .24 Per inch of EPS
Water absorption Less than 3% (ASTM C272)
Water vapor 0.56 perms per 2.5"
Sound class  STC Sound Class rating of 54
with 1/2-inch sheet rock both sides
STC Sound Class rating of 51
with 1/2-inch sheet rock one side
Fire wall Fire wall rating 5,000 to 12,000 lbs per
lineal foot for 3 hours.
Concrete compressive strength 3000 psi
Concrete pouring temperature Down to 0F (-18C)


Features and Benefits of ICF Construction:

Residential and Commercial Applications

Once a structure is built with ICF there is no comparison to typical frame or block construction. 

The ICF industry falls into a trap of comparing the benefits and features to typical frame construction,

there are no true comparisons between the two.  Both ICF and traditional methods of construction

 perform the same requirements for most structures, but ICF performance criteria are significantly greater than traditional methods.

What features and benefits do ICF construction have that typical construction methods lack?

Energy related:

High performance R-values

No air infiltration

Permanent performance no downgrading over time

Shifts thermal loading from peak periods

Lower cost to heat and cool

Health related:

No air infiltration means no dust or allergens

No cavity walls for mold, mildew, bugs or rodents

Non-toxic materials

No off-gassing of materials

Structural related:

High wind resistant

Fire rated assembly

Strength is permanent

Will not rot or decay

Resistant to termites (the concrete)

Impact resistant

No maintenance requirements

Comfort related:

High sound attenuating

Enhances steady temperatures

Peace of mind during inclement weather events

Low maintenance structure

May attribute to lower insurance costs

Constructability related:

Design versatility

Energy efficient

Structurally capable

Fire rated

Sound deadening

Quick (depending on installer)

Conducive to Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS)


Fully code accepted cast-in-place concrete walls

Time tested and proven

ICF construction offers features and benefits for every type of structure.









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