Why Design with Amvic ICF
Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms offer a building solution which can reduce design challenges and greatly improve the quality of structures that are designed and built daily. Below are several benefits that make Amvic ICF the perfect addition to your next project.
AIA Continuing Education
This program introduces Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) as a construction technology as well as highlights the benefits of ICF structures for builders and occupants. By the end of the program, participants will have the information and knowledge required to design with ICFs. NO CHARGE.
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With this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe an ICF and its components, identifying how these contribute to a durable, safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable construction project
- List the financial, environmental, and sustainable benefits of ICF construction and how ICFs can contribute to LEED® points earned on a building project
- Explain how involving engineers and architects early in the design process contributes to a safe, structurally sound, cost-efficient building project
- Describe the ICF installation process, including two critical elements of field installation.
High Performance ICF Structures
Amvic ICF structures are constructed using reinforced concrete which tremendously increases strength and maximizes resistance to natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. Amvic ICFs are also manufactured using only approved raw material bead with flame-retardant agents which provides a 3 hour fire rating.
Amvic ICF often replaces fiberglass insulation which eliminates all air borne glass fibers and insulation settlement. Amvic ICF structures are constructed with non-organic materials, which greatly minimizes the growth of mold and mildew. Also, the impermeable walls prevent the entry of dust, pollens and pollution.
Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms provide exceptional sound attenuation and have a Sound Transmission Class (STC) Rating of 50 which corresponds to a reduction in over two thirds of transmitted noise.
Amvic ICFs have superior engineered spanning capabilities, making them ideal for long insulated window and door lintels, as well as for grade beam applications. They are also extremely flexible in design making curved, square, plumb and straight walls easily obtainable. In addition, exterior and interior wall coverings are easily attached, dramatically improving a structure’s appearance.
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Amvic ICF structures combine expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation and concrete thermal mass. This highly effective combination of materials minimizes temperature fluctuations by absorbing and storing heat. This equates to an average of approximately 30-50% reduction in energy consumption for heating and cooling which results in an equivalent reduction in harmful emissions.
Amvic ICF often replaces wood framing which helps to reduce deforestation. Construction waste is also dramatically decreased to less than 1% which is over 50% less than most competing ICFs. The polypropylene webs molded into the Amvic forms are made from 100% recycled plastic, making Amvic forms 60% recycled materials by weight.
Amvic manufacturing centers use steam and cold water to produce our forms so no chemicals, CFCs, HCFCs or off-gassing are present.
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The USGBC’s LEED Certification program provides a framework for assessing building performance and sustainability based on water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Click here for more information on the LEED Rating System.
Amvic ICF can contribute to the LEED certification of a structure. Of the 26 required points for a structure to be LEED certified, Amvic ICF can contribute up to 28! Amvic is the only manufacturer on the market that has a conducted a third party assessment which verifies this in a LEED Assessment Report. For more information, or to obtain a copy of the report please contact your regional sales representative.
The USGBC’s LEED Certification program provides a framework for assessing building performance and sustainability based on water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Click here for more information on the LEED Rating System. View the Commercial Photo Gallery
For residential construction, ICFs are typically used for the structure’s exterior walls from foundation to top plate, including basements. ICFs can also be used in combination with conventional wood frame or panel construction. View the Residential Photo Gallery
Tax Credits for Home Builders
In October 2008 President Bush extended the Federal Tax credit under section 25C of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this tax credit is payable to the home builder or contractor building a new energy-efficient home. Home builders are eligible for a $2000 tax credit for a new energy efficient home that achieves 50% energy savings for the heating and cooling over the 2004 International Energy Code (IECC). At least 1/5 of the energy savings must come from the building envelope improvements. There is also a $1,000 tax credit to the producer of the new manufactured home achieving a 30% energy savings for heating and cooling over the 2004 IECC, at least 1/3 of the savings must come from the building envelope improvements.
These tax credits apply to new homes located in the United States whose construction is substantially completed after August 8, 2005 and that are acquired from the eligible contractor for use as a residence from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2009.
Along with the tax credit to the home builders, President Obama signed the economic stimulus plan that will allow First-time home ‘][buyers who purchase their homes before Dec. 1, 2009 to be eligible for an $8,000 tax credit.
Tax credit for Commercial Buildings
A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $0.60 per square foot (of floor area) can be taken for measures affecting any one of the three building systems: the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling systems. These tax deductions are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2013.
Links for Home Builders and Commercial Buildings
The following web sites outline the tax credits for home builders and commercial buildings.
Building Technologies Program
Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition
DSIRE – Incentives by State