What is Insulated Concrete House?
Insulated concrete house (ICH) is a system of expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid insulation blocks separated by plastic webbing. Instead of the traditional wood plank or plywood form, ICH is used to pour a concrete wall. Due to its higher thermal resistance and thermal mass ICH buildings are considered high-performing, and have less strict construction standartds than traditional systems.
ICH increases your home's comfort, reduces energy bills, and minimizes your environmental footprint.
Insulated Concrete House
Six significant advantages
SAVING CONSTRUCTION BUDGET
Combining the traditional six-step construction process reduces the loss of raw materials compared to wood-framed structured houses. ICF can be less labour-intensive and minimize material costs during the construction process.
The insulated concrete wall has higher plasticity and adaptability in the appliance of different building shapes; no matter if it is an arc or any unique wall shape, they can all be perfectly showcased by ICF.
The service life of the insulated concrete building can exceed 100 years, and the wall reaches up to four hours of fire resistance pre-tesgting. It is also requires the least follow-up maintenance amongst various building materials.
ICH has a high tolerance for extreme climate changes. When traditional wood-framed houses encounter long and cold Canadian winters, they undergo significant thermal expansion and contraction, resulting in the deformation of the house’s structure. In contrast, ICF can prevent such situations and provide the building with higher durability.
INCREASING INSULATION & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Insulated concrete walls can improve the energy efficiency of the building. The two layers of insulation walls provide high, continuous insulation and low air infiltration. Without the heat conduction effect, heat loss is significantly reduced inside the building.
INCREASING SOUNDPROOF CAPACITY
The insulated concrete wall is highly soundproof. With the 6” concrete core, the Sound Transmission Class (STC) can be rated 50 to 55. Compared to traditional wood-framed walls, only 20% to 25% of the sound wave can travel through walls.