Palm Coast, Florida (PressExposure) March 03, 2011 -- A studies made by M.I.T. have found that houses constructed with ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) method of construction are much stronger and energy-efficient in comparison with conventional wood frame method and over the life of a Green Home buildings would have a lesser carbon footprint.
ICF expanded polystyrene foam blocks are used like Legos in the process of building and those blocks are then thoroughly filled with concrete to build an airtight and hurricane sustained walls for the house.
The ICF findings came out of a MIT research program demonstrates the potential energy savings due to the effective insulation, reduced air infiltration and benefits of thermal mass, which are inherent in ICF green walls. During the years of analysis, researchers of M.I.T. have found that:
* For residential buildings, in a cold climate such as New York or Chicago, ICF walls method of construction may bring minimum of 20 percent of energy savings in comparison to wood-framed buildings.
* Compared to regular wood-framed homes, buildings with ICF walls method of construction having advantages with their operational lower thermal bridging and higher R-value.
Today we can see a growing interest in the building Green Homes industry for ICF construction. Portland Cement Association market survey's research showing that in the last decade 36 % of builders have utilized ICF walls method of construction at some points and in only Year of 2007 those builders used ICF method in 6 % of their brand new Green Homes.
According to this market research there is a 60 % increase in use of Insulated Concrete Forms since the last survey research made in the Year 2003.
LEED Green Building Rating systems of US Green Building Council are giving advantage points toward Green Homes builders using ICF method of construction.
In the Year of 2011 M.I.T. will release a fresh new study that will examine the ICF walls construction method's economic effect and will provide the most thorough analysis and costs of using building materials for this type of Green Home construction.