Sprouls Construction, Inc. is a distributor for BuildBlock ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms). Creating exterior walls that are safe, energy-efficient, and strong are one of the most important components of your home or building. Traditional wood-frame construction cannot compare to the safety, permanence, and energy efficiency of walls built with insulating concrete forms. Increasing energy-efficiency and disaster resiliency requirements make it more complex and expensive to build to these higher minimum-standards. An exterior ICF wall delivers code-surpassing energy performance and extreme disaster resilience while reducing materials, trades, and complexity.
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Here are a few reasons you may want to consider utilizing BuildBlock in the construction of your home or building:
ICFs use dense EPS foam insulation around a solid structural concrete wall. This dense insulation, combined with concrete’s reluctance to change temperature means the interior of your home or building is stable not wasting energy combating the extremes outside.
Solid Strong Walls
ICF walls are solid structural air-tight reinforced concrete. They are all poured at once and as one solid piece and resist all the challenges Mother Nature has to offer.
Combined with the EPS foam insulation and the embedded insulated plastic studs this structure will stay strong and secure for more than a lifetime.
In every-day life noisy neighbors, busy streets, trains, planes, and other annoyances stop at the walls leaving you in peace.
ICFs have an STC rating of 54 which means shouting and other disturbances outside the walls cannot be heard.
Green Construction & Low Waste
ICFs are a green product. Not only on the energy-efficiency and disaster resilience, but in manufacturing too.
EPS bead is expanded using steam in special molds to create the different shapes and sizes of ICF blocks.
When installed, filled with concrete and finished inside and out the EPS foam will not degrade or decay. It doesn’t compact or lose its insulation value and will keep insulating for hundreds of years.
The core of ICF walls is reinforced concrete. This provides extremely strong walls to support almost any concept or design and will withstand more than 200mph winds, impacts from debris, and other challenges life may throw at your home. Strong reinforced concrete delivers safety in high-seismic zones, in coastal areas, performs well in flood prone areas, provides a 4-hour fire rating, and creates a home that is resilient most anything mother nature can think of.
Air Tight Walls
ICF homes don’t suffer from drafts and cold spots. ICFs keep heating & cooling inside where you want it. Just one more way to keep you and your utility bills comfortable.