Providing new homes with a more efficient way to ensure an environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and comfortable living environment, NUDURA insulated concrete forms (ICF’S) build better, stronger homes. ICF’S provide greater energy solutions for any structure as the result of NUDURA forms that work in conjunction with the thermal mass of a solid concrete core, affording one of the most energy efficient and airtight wall systems available today.
A Canadian company and one of the largest ICF manufacturers with distribution throughout the world, NUDURA captures six building steps in one system. Providing a concrete forming system, wall structure, insulation, air and vapour barriers, it also serves as an attachment for exterior and interior finishes. This cohesive concept ensures a solid, quality solution to issues of comfort, safety and energy savings.
Also mold resistant, ICF’S provide a very high R-value due to air tightness and the thermal mass of concrete, improving indoor air quality and creating a healthier living environment. ICF’S also ensures a quieter house, with sound resistance that is significantly higher than wood frame construction. “The concrete acts as a sound barrier by dampening unwanted outside noise such as traffic, trains, and neighbors,” cites John Slowski, Regional Sales Manager for Western Canada. NUDURA’S ICF system also acts as an effective party wall barrier between multi-family units.
“Growth of its use from foundations to complete houses has increased as energy codes change, making ICF a popular choice amongst new home builders,” he adds. “Our product is now very close to cost neutral when compared with the cumulative cost of traditional concrete foundation, walls, wood framing, insulation, and vapour barriers.”
A product of extreme fire and weather resistance, such as hurricanes and tornados, it is the natural choice for the well built home. “Because our product is made of expanded polystyrene it is light and ships easily, due to a hinged web that is unique to NUDURA,” states Slowski, concluding, “It’s a better way to build, providing long term value for the increasingly well-researched new home market.”