As our crews book a few days off for the holidays, we’re happy to report excellent progress on one of our projects on the north shore – a custom lakefront home that is now taking shape after significant delays obtaining our permits.
We’re particularly pleased to be building the foundation with ICF blocks. ICF, which is short for insulated concrete form, is technology that was developed in the late 60s and uses interlocking polystyrene blocks which act as forms for the concrete foundation – and then remain in place to provide a higher degree of energy efficiency than a standard foundation.
Despite their excellent track record, we really thought that, by now, we’d be building more homes using ICF blocks. After all, not only are ICF foundations more energy efficient, they’re also less prone to moisture intrusion, and less sensitive to cold temperatures than poured concrete foundations. It’s true that the cost of ICF is modestly more than traditional methods of construction, but the cost savings in the form of reduced energy bills over a lifetime of ownership more than make up for the initial outlay.
There’s also research that suggests ICF walls are stronger because the ICFs contribute to better and more stable curing of concrete.
If you’d like to know more about construction using ICF, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – no other builder in the Shuswap has as much experience as we do using this innovative and green approach to house construction.