This week we started the foundation on the “Woodside” home at the Vine at Pepin Brook. If you drive be the site, you will notice we are building the foundation out of Quadlock ICF, also known as “Insulated Concrete Forms”. These large foam panels are easy to assemble, almost like building with lego, and contribute to our High Performance Wall system. Once the concrete for the foundation has been poured, the icf panels remain in place, not stripped away like form panels of a conventional foundation.
Why Do We Use Insulated Concrete Forms?
We believe achieving the best living environment starts with a solid foundation. We use ICF (insulated concrete forms) to produce a more comfortable, quiet, and energy-efficient home than those built with traditional construction methods. Homes built with ICF foundations retain heat more effectively. Basements feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Homes have a more even temperature, fewer drafts, and fewer hot and cold spots.
Building for Comfort
As a builder, we keep comfort in mind when we build a home. Both thermal comfort and sound-wise comfort. We find ICFs are ideal for both. A comfortable environment offers a better quality of home life for families and their guests.
Saving on Energy
An ICF foundation provides greater insulation performance ratings, resulting in better energy efficiency. These high-performing foundations contribute to lower energy bills and less wear and tear on the home mechanicals.
Good Air Quality
Indoor air quality is something we often don’t think about until it becomes a concern. Maintaining a healthy environment is important in any indoor space, especially your home. An ICF foundation, combined with the Sonbuilt High Performance Wall system and a heat recovery ventilator, will keep humidity levels in a healthy range and provide filtered, unpolluted air for everyone in the home. The risk of mold is greatly reduced and indoor air is filtered and fresh.