Insulated Concrete Form Basements Have Lowest Life-Cycle Energy Costs

Insulated Concrete Form Basements Have Lowest Life-Cycle Energy Costs

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Foundations First

It has been proven that approximately 25%-30% of a home's heat loss can be attributed to an uninsulated basement or foundation.  And while some of you reading this are from warmer climates and others may not have foundations, the same benefits would apply to slab on grade or above grade construction.  My whole point is to start with the basics and at a minimum insulate your basement foundation.  "Can Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) be used above grade?" Absolutely, but let's start with the foundation first! Historically, the basement has bee...

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We chose Quad-Lock forms because it gave us the ability to increase the R-value over standard ICFs.  Whereas wooden forms are removed (and r...
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Incorporating Quad-Lock Insulating Concrete Forms into our new housing made this job a whole lot easier. We effectively tripled our homes' R...
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