Em­brac­ing in­su­lat­ing con­crete forms

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DAVID SQUARE

HOME ren­o­va­tions of­ten in­clude large ad­di­tions or fin­ished base­ments. Many peo­ple are telling their con­trac­tor to build their base­ment, and even the up­stairs walls, with in­su­lat­ing con­crete forms (ICF), which ex­ceed R-val­ues rec­om­mended by the Man­i­toba Build­ing Code. Quick­Therm. “For ex­am­ple, if you in­vest an ad­di­tional $7,000 in in­su­lat­ing your build­ing and the in­vest­ment saves you $40 per month on util­ity bills, then based on a 25-year mort­gage at three per cent, the ad­di­tional monthly mort­gage pay­ment would be $33.19, a sav­ing of $6.81 per month on over­all costs.” An­other con­sid­er­a­tion is nor­mal base­ments cost a lot of money to in­su­late and fin­ish with studs, fi­bre­glass, vapour bar­ri­ers and dry­wall or other suit­able ma­te­ri­als. Even then, home­own­ers are faced with the like­li­hood their grot­tos will be damp, un­com­fort­able and per­fect in­cu­ba­tors for mould. “Peo­ple have lived in this north­ern cli­mate for cen­turies. Heat­ing has al­ways been a chal­lenge,” Warkentin said. “Why have our gov­ern­ments not helped peo­ple to build en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ings? In the 1950s, ev­ery com­mu­nity was busy build­ing Cal­i­for­ni­astyle bun­ga­lows with two by four-inch walls and in­ad­e­quate in­su­la­tion. To­day, we are build­ing huge houses with 12foot ceil­ings and heated garages. Why? Aren’t we aware of cli­mate change yet? We could scrap Bipole III and a few other dams if the gov­ern­ment would en­cour­age en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ings with ICF base­ments.” It’s not too late to ren­o­vate with ICF prod­ucts, which are be­com­ing popular through­out the Great White North.


In­su­lat­ing con­crete forms not only make a home more com­fort­able, but also im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

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