AMVIC ICF Advantages For The Architect/Engineer
Increasingly clients are demanding more energy efficient sustainable structures. A core element of Green Building is providing a building envelope that contributes significantly to reduced energy consumption and lessens the imprint of the building on the environment. THE CORNERSTONE OF ALL GREEN BUILDING IS REDUCED OPERATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION.
Reduced Energy Consumption. Homes designed with Amvic ICF in the Northern California/Nevada climate zones can reliably be predicted to reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling by 50%.
Scalable Solution. ICF works in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications. Amvic ICF building system works across a wide spectrum from granny unit residences to 8-story mixed use.
Incredibly cost effective
Market Separator — ICF Delivers Extra Value -- In a recently completed survey by one of the top 3 production home builders in the U.S., 87% of their buyers and potential buyers responded that their number one upgrade on the top of their list was increased energy efficiency in their new home. Designing with AMVIC ICF can be a signature element for a designer and a marketing edge.
Get Ahead of the Trend — Today over 20% of all houses built in the U.S. will use an exterior shell of concrete rather than wood frame. The growth of ICF is occurring at greater than 30% per year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's goals, conventional wood framing will become obsolete within the next 15 years as higher energy performance becomes a mandatory element of building in the U.S.
Versatile System — Flexible Designs -- AMVIC ICF homes can be designed in any style, and will accept any traditional exterior finish including vinyl or wood siding, stucco and brick. Because custom angles and curves are easily created, it’s simple to build in bows, bays and radiuses. And ICF systems accommodate any of today’s most popular design features, such as tall walls, large openings, long floor spans, and cathedral ceilings. ICF Design Guide
A Green Construction System. The core of green design in new construction is reduced energy consumption for the structure, as well as reduced impact on the environment for the materials used. Amvic ICF system has an extremely low life cycle impact on the environment. Building with amvic ICF will help qualify for LEEDS certification if targeted, fulfilling reduction of life cycle energy costs, use of recycled materials and other elements. Amvic ICF as a Green Building Product.
Internationally Proven & Code-Accepted — Originally developed in Europe (where concrete home building is standard) ICF systems have been used successfully around the world for more than 30 years. Thousands of ICF homes have been built in recent years throughout the United States and Canada. They have proven successful in every region and climate, from Orlando to Calgary. ICF systems are accepted by all the major model codes in the U.S. In California, Title 24 compliance is easy to achieve using Amvic ICF walls. Technical Reports
Details are available. Amvic architectural details are fully developed in both PDF and CAD file formats. They are available on line for viewing and download at www.amvicsystem.com
Fast To Learn & Easy To Use — Although it looks new and different, anyone with construction experience can quickly get up to speed with ICF’s. An ideal crew has a mix of concrete placement and carpentry experience. Once the crew has some practice, each ICF-build home requires less skilled labor and less total labor than a wood-framed home. And ICF’s are very lightweight, so crews stay fresh through the day. Amvic Pacific's installer training classes give you a fast kick start on the process.
Cost Competitive — While concrete prices have risen, so have all other building materials. And energy prices have risen even more so. As a consequence, ICF concrete construction has become increasingly competitive. Labor savings and readily available materials make ICF’s, feature for feature, one of the most cost competitive wall systems in U.S. housing markets. When annual energy savings of 30-50% are factored in, the economics become compelling.
Basements are Easy. Not only easy, but also they can hold down the cost per square foot for the project and make a project more feasible than might otherwise be the case. The details for waterproofing basements are well established.
AMVIC Specific Advantages Simply put, AMVIC builds the best block on the market. Projects are successful and make excellent references for your firm. Clients build faster, more securely and with less waste with AMVIC than any other ICF. AMVIC forms surpass all of the other forms on the market in terms of precision of manufacture, tightness with which they join, overall strength and resistance to blowout, and ease of assembly into straight and plumb walls. Choosing Amvic blocks result in lower labor, less waste, and more reliable construction process.