Owner/Occupant – Your Amvic ICF Project
Why Choose Amvic for your Project?
At Amvic we have incorporated your needs into the design of our products and we continually strive to provide innovative solutions for strong, safe and healthy structures.
Below are a number of reasons why Amvic is a perfect building solution for your next project.
The expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels used in Amvic ICF provide an insulation R-value of 20. When this is combined with concrete thermal mass, temperature fluctuations inside the home are minimized considerably. This highly effective combination greatly reduces the amount of energy required for heating and cooling. When used in conjunction with other high-quality systems such as windows and roofing, homeowners have historically experienced an average of approximately 30-50% savings on heating and air conditioning costs annually. In addition, drafts and hot and cold spots are virtually eliminated and a room’s temperature remains consistent, providing exceptional comfort.
Federal Tax Credits
Since the EPS insulation in Amvic ICF meets 2000 IECC & Amendments under the United States Energy Policy Act of 2005, Amvic home owners can qualify for an IRS tax credit up to $500 with a proof of purchase and Amvic’s Manufacturer’s Certification. For more information on this Consumer Tax Credit, click here.
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Over time, Amvic ICF homes become stronger, sturdier and require much less repair and maintenance than conventionally built homes. As a result, they retain their value for a longer period of time. Amvic ICF homes are built to last and get stronger every day.
Wind and Storm Resistant
Amvic ICFs are constructed with reinforced concrete, which tremendously increases strength and maximizes resistance to high winds and storms. In addition, drafts typically found where conventional floor joists rest on foundation walls are considerably reduced due to the system’s unique design.
Amvic ICFs are manufactured using only approved raw material bead with flame-retardant agents and have a 3 hour fire rating. Consequently, Amvic ICF homes provide much greater fire resistance than traditional “stick built” homes, making your home safe for you and your family.
Traditional homes are constructed using organic materials such as wood, and are easily infiltrated by moisture which can result in the growth of mold and mildew. Amvic ICF homes virtually eliminate this problem since they are constructed using the highly effective combination of non organic materials, EPS and concrete.
Since there is no food value for insects in the Amvic ICF system, the possibility of structural damage due to insects like termites is entirely eliminated. Also, insects cannot penetrate the concrete core of an Amvic ICF wall and therefore cannot enter your home.
Insulated concrete forms provide exceptional sound attenuation. While a wood-framed house has a sound transmission class (STC) rating of 36-38, an Amvic ICFs home has an STC rating of 50+ which corresponds to a reduction in over two thirds of transmitted noise. With Amvic ICF, you will always enjoy peace and quiet in your home.
Amvic ICF system replaces commonly used fiberglass insulation with expanded polystyrene (EPS). Traditional fiberglass insulation is a network of intertwined fibers which allows air to move though the gaps in the insulation. Amvic ICFs on the other hand consist of closed plastic cells that together with concrete walls prevent air movement creating an airtight seal around the entire perimeter of a building. Amvic ICF is the premium insulation choice for your long-term comfort.
High Indoor Air Quality
The use of EPS insulation in Amvic ICF eliminates all air borne glass fibers and insulation settlement caused by fiberglass insulation. Also, the impermeable walls prevent the entry of dust, pollens and pollution. Amvic ICF homes provide the highest indoor air quality and qualify for Enviro-home status in Canada (the highest possible air quality rating given to an occupied shelter).
Unlike conventional homes where walls and floors loosen and shift over time creating warps and creaks, an Amvic ICF home will remain straight and quiet, making your home more comfortable.
One of the major issues we are faced with today is global warming, which is negatively affecting the environment and weather patterns worldwide. Global warming is a direct result of harmful gas emissions into the earth’s atmosphere. An Amvic ICF home reduces energy consumption on average by 30-50% monthly, which translates to an equivalent reduction in harmful emissions. Amvic products can generate as little as 1% construction, thereby greatly reducing land filling which produces methane emissions. Furthermore, Amvic uses steam and cold water to produce ICFs. No CFC’s, HCFC’s, formaldehyde or any chemicals are used in Amvic’s manufacturing process and no off-gassing is present.
Worldwide deforestation adds 1-2 billion metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere annually! In order to protect our atmosphere and ourselves, it is essential to reduce the number of trees we cut down. Every Amvic home saves several trees, which absorb carbon dioxide and give us oxygen. Do your part, build with Amvic ICF.
Amvic ICF webs are manufactured using recycled polypropylene. This means that over 60% of the weight of an Amvic ICF block is comprised of recycled materials.