InfinityICF - Energy Facts - Infinity Structures Inc
Infinity's concept of this revolutionary building material will pay for itself time and time again; proving to be a lucrative investement both environmentally and financially!
- Houses built with ICF exterior walls require an estimated 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable frame house; the bigger the house the bigger the savings.
- Insulations values for ICF walls using polystyrene foam are R-17 to R-26 compared to wood frames R-9 to R-15 (R-value; materials resistance to heat transfer). So ICF walls are expected to cut the conduction losses by about half. ICF walls are tighter as well. ICF houses have half of infiltration (air leakage) of frame house.
- Concrete in ICF walls gives them the heat-absorbing property, thermal mass, which smoothes out large swings in temperature. It keeps the walls of the house a little warmer when outdoor temperature hits its coldest extreme. Similarly it keeps the house a little cooler when the outdoor temperature is hottest. The walls themselves add back heat or cooling to the house when it needs them most.
- Since the energy needed is less, equipment to heat or cool can be smaller, resulting in another costs reduction.
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