Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
Insulated Concrete Form is a system of interlocking modular units that are dry stacked and filled with concrete. The forms lock together somewhat like lego blocks and serve to create a form for the structural walls or floors of a building. At their most basic level, ICF's serve as a forming system for poured concrete walls. The ICF's remain in place and become part of the wall structure. This type of building material is stronger, quieter and more energy efficient than most other materials.
The greatest thing about ICF's is that they offer a complete solution to anyone looking for a sustainable wall system that helps owners save on energy bills while providing occupants with an exceptional comfort all-in-one system. R-22 to R-30 value is common with this wall system. This is beyond what most codes require and is an ideal solution to anyone wanting to meet the stringent standards of rating systems such as LEED or Passive House Standards. Aesthetically they have the thickness of Adobe or Straw Bale construction. Another distinction that previous clients have liked is the sound deadening characteristics and thick walls of the ICF's. This is important considering the extensive spring winds New Mexico is known for.
SunBear uses Mikey Block out of Tucson for their ICF's. Brian prefers using Mickey Block because they are an independent small business that is locally owned and operated with excellent costumer satisfaction and a superior product. Most importantly, they are commited to sustainable practices.