Energy Efficient Foundation: Concrete Pour into ICFs

By using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF’s), reinforced concrete is sandwiched between two layers of lightweight insulating EPS foam. The wall that is created provides a combination of air tightness, strength, sound attenuation, insulation and mass.

This is a LEED Platinum construction project using sustainable materials. We are using a special concrete mix which replaces half of the Portland Cement content with flyash. Flyash is a waste by-product of coal-fired power plants. We save embodied energy contained in the concrete at no loss of strength while keeping the flyash out of a landfill (…and this sustainable concrete mix doesn’t cost any more than standard concrete!)

No wood forms to strip!! …saving wood and labor.

We just have to remove a few wood stakes used for bracing and recycle them.

Next up: waterproofing the exposed foundation walls.