Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) Construction

In addition to being an award winning custom home builder, Double Diamond Custom Homes is the leading Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) builder in the greater San Antonio area.

ICF homes may look like conventionally framed homes, but offer many benefits that are not apparent to the eye. ICF construction creates homes that are energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, quiet and comfortable. The ICF building envelope gives superior results when compared to conventional building methods as they resist harmful mold, dust, and allergens, and they have a high resistance to wind, storm and fire damage. This product cannot rot or decay and is “pest-proof” as there are no cavities through which bugs or rodents can enter. As a result, many insurance companies offer substantial discounts to owners of ICF homes.

What is an ICF?
An ICF is a hollow block of polystyrene that is stacked much like Lego blocks then it is filled with rebar and finally concrete. It is important that your builder is experienced with ICF construction as structural issues vary considerably from traditional framing methods and spaces left for doors and windows must be properly braced for concrete prior to the pour.

ICF Homes can be built in any architectural style or design. Interiors can be finished out as you would a traditionally wood framed home. With an ICF home, it is what you don’t see that makes all the difference. Double Diamond is an experienced ICF builder and has worked with multiple ICF block companies.

       



 
       

Benefits

Energy related:

  • High performance R-values
  • No air infiltration
  • Permanent performance - no downgrading over time
  • Shifts thermal loading from peak periods
  • Lower cost to heat and cool

Studies have shown that ICF homes can reduce your energy bill as much as
50% to 80% as heating and cooling costs compose the largest part of your total electric bill.


Health related:

  • Non-toxic materials
  • No cavity walls for mold, mildew, bugs or rodents


Environmentally Friendly:

  • Replaces timber
  • Incorporates recycled materials
  • Uses locally derived resources
  • Minimizes construction waste


Structural related:

  • High wind resistance
  • 4 hour fire rated vs. 15 minutes for traditional wood framing
  • Strength is permanent, will not rot or decay
  • Termite resistant


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We would be happy to schedule a free consultation with you to see if an ICF home is right for you and your family. You may contact us at 210-493-5800.