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ICC Evaluation Services ES Report — ESR-1269 This ICC evaluation certifies the AMVIC building system. Local building officials, engineers or architects may require a copy.
Amvic Lintel Tables — rebar schedules for lintels in Amvic 6-inch and 8-inch block.
How to Build and Profit with Energy Efficiency in New Home Construction. This guide is intended for builders seeking suggestions on how to improve energy and resource efficiency in their new homes. It is a compilation of ideas and concepts for designing, building, and marketing energy- and resource-efficient homes based on the experience of recipients of the national Energy Value Housing Award (EVHA).
Technical Reports and Guides from Amvic Pacific
Design Guide for ICF
Tech Report: Insulation of roofs and attics for maximum performance
Tech Report: Waterproofing ICF basements
Tech Report: Window Installation in ICF Buildings
Tech Report: Stucco Installation Over ICF
Tech Report: Electric and plumbing installation in ICF
Tech Notes: Proper Vibration Techniques for Consolidating Concrete
Green Building and Amvic ICF
Downloadable Amvic Building System Brochures
Amvic Introductory Brochure — a six page overview of ICF advantages and the Amvic building system
Amvic Product Catalog — an eight page detailed description of the Amvic products
AmDeck Brochure — a four page description of the AmDeck ICF system for building elevated concrete floors, roofs and decks
AmDeck Tear Sheet — a single page sheet on the AmDeck including span tables
Amvic ten Step Construction Guide
Other Research Reports
United Nations releases Buildings and Climate change report- Very positive outlook for ICF construction in future.
Environmental Council of Concrete Organizations (ECCO) Resource Library. The ECCO Reference Library was developed as a resource for information on the environmental impacts of concrete and concrete construction. It includes literature from technical, trade, popular, and news sources. The Reference Library now stands as a collection of nearly 2000 bibliographic references. Along with bibliographic citations, you will also find abstracts that describe the content of each item.
Insulating Concrete Form Systems (ICFs)—In-Depth Analysis. A Research Report of the National Association of Home Builders.
Summary: Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are rigid plastic foam forms that are filled with reinforced concrete to create structural walls. They hold concrete in place during curing and remain in place afterwards to provide thermal insulation. ICFs are used to make structural concrete walls, and can be used to make either foundation or above-grade walls. The forms are typically made from pure foam-plastic insulation but may also be made from a composite of cement and foam insulation or a composite of cement and processed wood. The foam is typically either expanded polystyrene (EPS) or extruded polystyrene (XPS) and occasionally polyurethane. As with any product, ICFs have their advantages and disadvantages. Advantages over conventional construction include a reduction in the number of trade contractors required, strength, thermal efficiency, reduction in through-the-wall sound transmission, and the ease of construction. This report presents these issues and more in further detail, including comments from builders and homeowners familiar with ICFs. (34 pages)
Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Construction: Demonstration Homes U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research
Summary: With sponsorship provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA), the NAHB Research Center coordinated four demonstration projects to evaluate the use of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) in residential construction. The demonstration homes are located in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Sioux City, Iowa and Chestertown, Maryland. This report presents observations and experiences from these sites. The Research Center staff and the demonstration homebuilders and/or general contractors were in communication throughout the home construction process. Research Center staff visited each site several times. Initial observations documented the construction details of the homes and recorded the construction via photographs. Site visits were made after construction to perform thermal testing and interview homeowners and builders concerning their satisfaction with the homes. Thermal testing consisted of collecting air infiltration data and thermographic imaging, which displays heat transfer through wall frame members in a color video format. Homeowners were interviewed concerning their impressions of the design, construction, thermal comfort, sound comfort, and overall satisfaction with their homes. Builders, or general contractors where appropriate, were interviewed concerning the construction process and construction costs. Insights about concrete handling (mix, pour); form placement and bracing; code requirements and other construction details were discussed. Costs of construction are compared to typical framing in the specific geographical location. (132pgs)